Termites can pose a massive threat to homeowners. These eye-opening facts about the wood-destroying insects may be shocking, but have no fear. Going on the offensive with an established termite control company like Terminix will stop termites in their tracks.
1. They Weigh a Ton — 445 Million Tons, to Be Exact
The total weight of every person on earth is 350 million tons, which sounds like a lot until you consider that the total weight of all the termites is a staggering 445 million tons. Some scientists estimate that termites make up as much as 10% of all the animal biomass on earth.
2. They Never Go Off the Clock
Termites eat 24 hours a day. They never sleep; they never stop. While soldier termites protect the queen, and reproductive termites propagate the species, worker termites do nothing but expand the colony. That means eating as much wood as they can find, destroying your home from the inside out.
3. They Have Huge Families
Termites reproduce relentlessly. A termite queen can live for up to 20 years, starting countless colonies during her lifetime. Because a queen can lay as many as 40,000 eggs per day, those colonies get big fast. The largest colony ever recorded contained more than three million termites.
4. They’ll Empty Your Bank Account
When termites attack a house, the average cost to repair the damage and exterminate the termites is a hefty $8,000. Luckily, Terminix will work with you to keep termites away, and at a fraction of that cost. And their work is backed by the strongest guarantee in the business.
5. There’s No Termite Off-Season
Here in the South, termites never take a day off. The warm climate allows them to continue their destructive work year-round, which is why regular protection from a company like Terminix is a vital part of keeping your home safe.
6. Not All Termites Are Created Equal
The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, is considered to be one of the most destructive termite species in the world today. In fact, Formosan subterranean termites can destroy a home 10 times faster than other termite species. In South Carolina, Formosan termites are well established in the Lowcountry region and have also been found in isolated instances in York and Pickens counties. Good thing Terminix has been protecting homeowners from these destroyers for more than 70 years.
7. They Can Be as Damaging as a Natural Disaster (and Costlier, Too)
Although they may not get much time on the evening news, termite infestations cause more damage annually than hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires combined.
8. They’re Insurance-Proof
Standard home insurance policies do not cover termite damage, which means that when these ravenous insects assault your home, you do not have a safety net. That’s why it’s so important to reach out to the experienced professionals at Terminix to take the fight to the termites before they come for you.
Now that you know a little more about termites, you’ll be better able to protect your home. Termites may never sleep, but with Terminix in your corner, you can finally rest easy.