Types of termites in South Africa

  • Termite King and Queen
  • Termite Workers
  • Termite Soldiers
  • Alates
  • Coptotermes spp.
  • Cryptotermes spp.
  • Neotermes spp.

How fast do they spread?

Termites forage almost at a constant bases and can spread up to 150 feet around their one colony. It doesn’t take long for termites to ‘nest’ and an infestation can take place within a few days.

Did you know?

  • There are more than 2,300 species of termites worldwide.
  • Worker and soldier termites are blind. Only termites that have become fully mature, reproductive termites develop eyes.
  • Termites cannot “eat” wood. Termites need the help of single-cell organisms in their guts to digest the wood.
  • Ants are termite’s main predator.
  • Termites build the largest nests of any insect.
  • Termites communicate through chemical signals and vibrations caused by head-banging.
  • Termites have lived on Earth for 250 million years.
  • Termites break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead and decaying trees into new soil.
  • The average lifespan of termites is approximately 1 to 2 years.