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Learning About Termites

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Termites can be a problem to any home owner who lives in an area where these insects thrive. Termites are social insects just like ants and bees. This means that they live in colonies and have social hierarchies. They are one of the very few insects that can fully digest the cellulose in wood as they have evolved to eat and survive on wood. This is the reason why these insects present a danger to every wood structure out there.

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Termite Colonies

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Termites live in large colonies. These colonies can range in size and population substantially. Specifically, termite colonies vary in size according to their conditions, they can be as few as a couple of hundred, but once established they can contain as many as termites.

There is no standard size for termite colonies however, the only thing that they all have in common is that they need specific types of organization to function. It needs the queen to produce eggs, the workers and such. Every termite colony is organized in a class system based on the tasks of the termite. There are workers, soldiers and the lucky reproductive ones. In most cases, termite colonies have a fertile queen and a king, the workers, and the soldiers. An interesting fact presented at: determite.ca is that kings are usually much smaller than the queens. Kings are 1–2 cm long while the queen grows more than 4 in long. (more…)