The Creepy Connection between Termites and Cockroaches

You might have seen termites at least once in your entire life. It is a very common type of insect that we can see in many places of our house. They live in a colony of millions that are specialized to be workers, soldiers, kings, and queens. They are as gregarious as ants. These two species of insect look almost alike but they are certainly different from one another. Termites look like white ants and many think that they are related to ants until new researches revealed the real society wherein termites rightly belong.


Who would ever thought that these insects, which were considered to be one of the most organized animals in the world are related to those creepy and very unorganized insects that live in dark corners of houses – cockroaches. In Entomology, termites are described as eurosocial, meaning that they live in a cooperative group in which usually one female and several males are reproductively active and the non-breeding individuals care for the young or protect and provide for the group. On the other hand, cockroaches are coprophages or that they feed on feces and are gregarious. Scientists had long known that termites are closely related to cockroaches. Termites are even called, social cockroaches. However, it was not until these days that they were able to prove that both insects came from the same kind.

Knowing this fact is very important among companies that provide termite treatment in Florida. Scientists added that the gregariousness and coprophagy of cockroaches set the stage for the evolution of termites. With time, the two might have been different concepts to us but both have been destructive and annoying to our lives.

An article written by Charles Q. Choi of Live Science on NBC News states that when termite ancestors devoured each other’s droppings, they could have shared the microbes that eventually led to a key termite feature, the ability to break down wood. Ensuring such wood-digesting microbes get passed on to offspring requires a close relationship between parents and their young, laying the groundwork for “their whole complex social system to have evolved”.

Today, pest control companies in Florida see this discovery as something that is advantageous. In this case there is a great possibility that they will come up with a pesticide product or maybe an approach to eliminate both termites and cockroaches simultaneously.

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