These tiny creatures are mostly known for their ability to destroy the lumber in our homes at a rapid rate. But there is more to them than meets the eye, so here are some strange and interesting facts about this little insect:
Can’t stop this
These creatures literally never seem to stop. They do not stop eating or building their nests or just working on everything in general. Even the queen never stops laying eggs. I mean they do not even sleep, which means that they work every day 365 days of the year for their entire lives. Their dedication explains why their numbers can grow so fast and also why they can do so much wood damage in a short amount of time.
How good it is to be living the life of royals, or maybe not
Young kings and queens are basically called ‘reproductive termites’ and their sole purpose is to breed. They are winged because they need to fly out of the colony they were born in, find a mate and begin a new colony by producing a seemingly endless amount of offspring. The young royal pair break off their wings upon finding a new home because they never plan to leave the colony. But the life of the queen ant is actually sort of depressing. Yes, the whole colony is built around her and yes, she is pampered, fed, cared for her and her every whim is attended to, but she does not stop laying eggs until her death. In fact, that is all she ever does. Her body becomes substantially larger making her many inches longer and wider than the rest of the insects in her colony until she is no longer able to walk or move about. And all of this is for the purpose of her being able to lay more eggs.
They are almost always blind and believe that cleanliness is key
The workers and soldiers cannot see but this is not surprising since they spend their entire lives in the dark subterranean nests that they live in. And so there is actually no need for vision as even if they had eyes it would not help them in the world they call home since it is plunged in darkness. An odd trait that they have is that they like to be clean. Every little termite is fastidious about being clean because it prevents harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria from taking root in the colony. View more here http://www.biocycle.com.hk/main.php.
These critters are kind of cool really, but remember that they can do quite a bit of damage to your home if they decide to make it the location of their new colony. So contact an exterminator if you think you have a termite situation that is quickly getting out of control.