Not all termites bite, but some species, such as Formosan termites, are known to bite people. They do not cause any health problem or infection when they bite people.
Termites do not bite humans, but some species like the Formosan termites have pincers or mandibles that they can use to pinch humans. Even with mandibles, it is still rare for termites to attack humans with them and the pinch from such termites do not cause any infections or transmit any diseases.
Termites are not known to bite humans, although a soldier termite has the capability and may do so if threatened. The threat of a termite is almost entirely due to its ability to damage building structures, crops and plantation forests.
Termites have long, pale bodies; straight, beaded antennae; and rounded hind ends. Their antennae are roughly the same size as their heads. Worker and soldier termites don't have eyes, but reproductive termites do. Reproductive termites have four equal-sized wings, which they lose after mating.
Termites evolve from egg to nymph to adult through simple metamorphosis. Colonies are established in dark, damp areas receiving little exposure to air near a source of moisture.
Termites eat the cellulose that is found within wood and plant cell walls. Although termites do not eat and gather nutrients from foam, drywall, lead and plastics, they often chew through the material.
Termites typically live in the soil near a food and water source, such as rotting lumber. Some termites do not require a damp environment to survive.
The cost of termite treatment ranges from $1,150 to more than $3,000 as of 2014. The cost varies depending on the size of the property being treated and the extent of the infestation of termites.
It is possible to hear termites moving within the walls of a house. The sound is not loud, but careful listeners notice a muffled tapping noise.
Swarms of flying insects are often the first sign of a termite infestation the homeowner may notice. These swarms of insects, piles of discarded wings or termite bodies indicate that termites are forming a new colony. Other potential signs include mud tubes along the foundation of a home or hollow-s