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Termite Facts

  • Termites are wood-destroying insects whose presence dates back to the dinosaurs
  • Termites are known as "silent destroyers" because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected.
  • There are about 2,000 known species of termites in the world.
  • The most common termite species found in the United States are Native Eastern and Formosan termites (both are classified as subterranean), dampwood termites and drywood termites.
  • Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species of termite as they eat 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage.
  • Termite colonies can have upwards of 2 million members.
  • Termites are present in 70 percent of countries across the world and their population out numbers human beings on a ratio of ten to one.
  • The queen termite can lay up to 40,000 eggs per day.

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