Facts About Termites

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The more we learn about termites, the more we understand the damaging impact they have on our buildings, our homes and our lives. Consider these important facts:

Termites are Built for Destruction.

  • Termites cause over $5 billion in damage to U.S. homes each year.1
  • One small termite colony of approximately 60,000 termites can eat a linear foot of a common 2" x 4" in just five months.2
  • In some regions of the United States, Formosan subterranean termite colonies typically number in the millions, and forage over 100-meter distances.3
  • Subterranean termites cause over 90 percent of termite damage in the U.S.

Here’s What Termites Do.

  • Swarming can begin in January in the South, May or June in the North.
  • Colonies can contain from several thousand to several million foragers.
  • Some termites can chew through lead, asphalt, plaster or mortar to find wood.
  • Almost 4 million U.S. homes are infested by termites each year. Termites can be found in every state except for Alaska.4

Some Fascinating Facts.

  • Termites on Earth outweigh humans on Earth.
  • Some sources indicate that termites have been here for about 250 million years, according to some estimates.
  • Termite queens live for 15 to 25 years, and can lay an egg every 15 seconds.