Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – T is for Termite


I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis    J for Jackal   K for Killer Whale   L for Leopard

M for Macaw   N for Nyala   O for Okapi  P for Porcupine  Q for Quetzal  R for Rhinoceros

S for Skunk

As my husband and I are in the beginning stages of buying a house, I thought termites would be a good thing to research. Not that I expect this to be an issue with the house we are looking at but it is often discussed at some point during the buying process. So, with that, let’s find out about these creatures that we have heard of but probably don’t really know a whole lot about…

So, I hopped over to the Orkin website for a little termite help and what I found was DIS-GUST-ING! {laughing out loud} THIS is what I saw…BLECH!


Photo taken from Orkin’s website

Apparently there are SEVERAL types of termites. Nice. (NOT!)

So, here is some general information about termites:

  • They are social animals so they raise their young in groups.
  • Termite colonies each all day every day; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Termites are known as “the silent killer” as they can eat through wood, flooring, walls and even wallpaper without being detected.
  • Termites cause more than FIVE BILLION DOLLARS of damage EVERY YEAR.

Termites tend to show up as winged nuances in the spring as they are looking for a place to call home. Once they find a home they shed their wings.

They are found in dark, moist areas and require moisture to survive.

Termites develop via simple metamorphosis from egg to nymph to adult. Five to six molts are necessary for the termite to attain maturity. Those that do not achieve sexual maturity become workers or soldiers. The life cycle requires a year for completion.

In termite colonies, there is one king and queen pair which develop from fully winged adults. The queen develops an enlarged abdomen to accomodate her increased egg-laying capacity. She may lay millions of eggs annually.

Queens and their colony may survive for several years. Females may live to 20 years. Non-reproductive termites live for a couple of years. Individual termite colonies have been known to exist for approximately 100 years.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter U and learn about the Uguisu (bird).

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!


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2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – T is for Termite

  1. Lynn Leaming March 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm Reply

    I have enjoyed all your animal posts until this one 🙂 Yuck! Wondered why you would choose termite, so glad you explained! Hope your house hunting goes well and there are no termites in your future!


  2. Tim March 15, 2016 at 8:10 am Reply

    Good luck with househunting! I could have done with not learning about termites, though! 😉


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