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Do Termites Ever Resort To Cannibalism?

February 15th, 2019

Do Termites Ever Resort To Cannibalism? Cannibalism is a well known aspect of insect and arachnid life. Many insects are genetically geared towards cannibalism, while many others are just too lazy to find other sources of food. Cannibalism is not a bad idea for insects and spiders since nutrients are plentiful in members of the…

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Termites Are The Most Selfless Insects In Existence

January 29th, 2019

Termites Are The Most Selfless Insects In Existence There is no doubt that we humans appreciate selfless behavior when it is coming from others. However, it is hard to deny that selfish behavior often wins out over altruistic behavior in our own everyday lives. For example, if a fire starts inside of a building, you…

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An Invasive Drywood Termite Species May Make Its Way Into The USA

January 22nd, 2019

Most drywood termite species come from the Cryptotermes genus. This particular genus has been studied extensively and the drywood termites of this genus are the most economically significant of all drywood termites, as they are known for causing extensive damages to both crops and structures. So far, experts have documented a total of 69 Cryptotermes…

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The Unusually Abundant Amount Of Feces Produced By This Termite Species Can Be A Slipping Hazard To Humans

January 18th, 2019

In the United States, and most other countries in the world, subterranean termites inflict far more damage to manmade structures than both drywood and dampwood termite species. But one particular drywood termite species, Cryptotermes brevis, is the most frequently introduced termite species in the world. In other words, no other termite species has traveled to…

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Which Genus Of Subterranean Termite Is Most Abundant In The USA?

January 17th, 2019

There exists around three thousand documented termite species inhabiting the world today, and most of these species exist in the tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. Surprisingly, a very small percentage of these species are damaging to structures, but unfortunately, the relatively small amount of termites that dwell in the temperate United States…

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Researchers Use Termites To Create The Biofuel Of The Future

January 8th, 2019

Researchers Use Termites To Create The Biofuel Of The Future Many modern thinkers believe that an environmentally friendly and sustainable source of fuel must be developed and utilized if humanity wishes to have a future on this planet. The current use of coal and oil will not suffice as long-term energy sources, and these energy…

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Government Officials In Florida Are Giving Away Free Untreated Mulch That Is Likely Infested With Termites

December 21st, 2018

Considering that termites are universally known for consuming wood, it makes sense for people to be concerned about purchasing termite-contaminated mulch. In order to ensure that commercially available mulch is not contaminated with termites, regulations require suppliers to subject their mulch products to a decontamination process before being sold to distributors. In fact, it is…

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How Do Termites Move Large Amounts Of Water For Mound Construction Purposes?

December 19th, 2018

Considering the vast number of termite species that have been documented by researchers thus far, it should not be surprising to learn that there exists a variety of different types of termite nests as well. For example, mound-building termites, as their name implies, build nests that protrude from the ground. Most subterranean termites construct cryptic…

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Why Are Eastern Subterranean Termites So Widely Distributed Within North America?

December 17th, 2018

There exists around 45 documented termite species inhabiting the United States. Most of these species are native to North America, but several non-native species have established an invasive presence within the US as well. Although the two most destructive termite species in the world, Formosan and Asian subterranean termites, have become established in the US,…

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How Can Termites Defend Against Ant Invasions?

December 11th, 2018

How Can Termites Defend Against Ant Invasions? Many people assume that termites and ants are mortal enemies. It may be true that ants and termites are not on the best of terms. And it is not at all uncommon for ants to kill termites. However, ants and termites are not necessarily engaged in an eternal…

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