What are Termites?

A small, pale soft-bodied insect that lives in large colonies with several different castes, typically within a mound of cemented earth. Many kinds feed on wood and can be highly destructive to trees and timber.

Quick Facts

  • About 3,106 species are currently described, with a few hundred more left to be described. Although these insects are often called white ants, they are not ants.
  • Termites are among the most successful groups of insects on Earth, colonizing most landmasses except for Antartica.
  • Owing to their wood-eating habits, many termite species can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures.
  • In addition to causing damage to buildings, termites can also damage food crops.¬†Termites may attack trees whose resistance to damage is low but generally ignore fast-growing plants. Most attacks occur at harvest time; crops and trees are attacked during the dry season.


  • Swarmers are winged termites, and can be up to 25mm long.
  • Soldiers can be as large as 20mm long.


  • The Queen can lay more than 1k eggs per day.
  • Formosen Termites prefer warm climates and densely populate certain areas.