Interesting facts about termites
November 4, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids
Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
Termites live long lives. Every termite colony has a queen which may live from 15 to 30 years, laying hundreds of eggs each day. Any number of colonies may infest a home.
Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
Termites do more damage than all fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the humans in the world.
In Australia, termites build towers 6 metres high and 30 metres wide. Ten tonnes of mud are collected bit by bit by millions of insects. Soilder termite guard the mud castle, where the queen lays her eggs and is fed by worker termites.
Termite nests may be over 20 feet (7 meters) high and contain more than a million insects in a highly structured society.
These nests are intricately built, with a huge network of chambers and passageways, including ventilation, drainage, and heating systems.
Amazingly, termites manage to build their nests entirely out of soil, using saliva where necessary to hold it together!