You know the saying, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer… Well, we believe that the more we learn about our bug nemeses, the better we can manage their existence in places where they don’t belong. And that goes for you too! So, without further ado, here are some fun facts about termites, thanks to our friends, and educational experts at ThoughtCo.
While they might be considered pests for homeowners, these misunderstood creatures can be beneficial contributors to ecology.
You may have noticed, if you’ve ever experienced the damage termites can cause, that they are excellent decomposers of all things wood. And although this is an extremely useless trait for us wood dwelling humans, for forests and other ecosystems, they are very helpful in removing and recycling dead or decaying wood fibers, into fresh soil. If you need an old stump removed, these could be your guys, but we wouldn’t trust them near the house.
Termite workers and soldiers are almost always blind.
This one makes sense, if you think about it. These pesky buggers spend most of their time either underground or in the dark, this could lead to them not needing to develop functional eyes. Reproductive termites are the only ones who have developed eyesight, and this is due to the fact that they need to surface and fly around to find mates and new nesting places.
So, the next logical question would be, well, if they cant see, how can they get around? And how do they communicate?
When termite soldiers detect a threat, they tap warning signals to the colony. And how are they able to make sounds loud enough for everyone to hear? Well, they slam their tiny heads against the wall. Yep, that’s right. They bang their heads to warn one another of impending danger. But beating themselves up isn’t the only way that these blind bruisers get a message out. To us, the most fascinating, and most relevant to the pest control business, is the fact that termites use chemical cues to guide most communication in the colony. These chemical cues are sent by way of pheromones, in order to talk to each other and control the colony’s behavior. Each colony has its own distinct scent, and they emit the smells by dragging their bellies on the ground, leaving a trial for all the others to follow.
Termites are worthy opponents in the world of pest control, but your friends at Brandon Pest Control have done our homework – and we are well-equipped to manage any infestation they throw at us. If you think you might have a termite problem, give us a call at 904-739-9916, or check out our page on Termite Control Services.
Fun Facts sourced from: https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-termites-1968587