Termites by the Numbers
Termites are a force to be reckoned with. Every homeowner dreads termite damage but many people aren’t aware how big an issue termites in America really are. Take a look at some of the astounding numbers below and ask yourself if it’s really worth it to forgo having a professional termite inspection every year…
2,500: The estimated number of active termite species alive on the planet.
42: The number of feet the largest termite mound ever recorded stood tall, located in Africa.
3,000,000,000: The number of dollars in damage caused by termites to US homes each year.
30,000: Number of eggs a single termite queen can lay in a day if conditions are right.
49: The number of states where subterranean termites have been detected. Alaska is the only exception.
25: The number of years a healthy, active termite queen can live.
1,000: The number of pounds of wood a single colony of termites can gnaw through in a year.
2: The number of inches from head to tip a queen termite can measure when fully grown.
24: The number of hours a day a termite colony eats…they never stop!
1,000: The number of pounds of termites there are estimated to be for every human on the planet.
5,000,000: How many termites can live in a single subterranean colony.
220,000: The dollar amount of stack of Indian rupees eaten by a termite colony in 2011.
600,000: The number of U.S. homes infested with termites each year.
The numbers are hard to argue with. Termites are a big problem and they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years. Termites are a resilient insect!
If you suspect you may have termites in or around your home it’s a good idea to bring in a professional inspector as soon as possible. The faster you get to work clearing out an existing termite issue the better off you’ll be. Termites eat quickly and can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage in a number of months. A professional termite plan is more affordable than many homeowners think and can save you lots of money in the long run.
In the summer months, termites swarm and nest in homes and furniture. Now’s the time to inspect your home for signs of infestation and take the necessary steps to protect it from future bug problems. Call a termite professional in your area to find out more about your options.