It’s easy to say that termites are just pests that ruin the structural integrity of homes and various properties. After all, the damages caused by termites in the U.S. alone amount to at least 5 billion dollars. Add that to the losses incurred by the rest of the world, and you get a whole problem ahead of you.

Because of their negative connotation, the benefits of termites in nature are often overshadowed. However, studies have found that humans actually benefit from the existence of termites. In fact, in this New York Times article, termites were referred to as ‘guardians’ of the soil. Read on to know some of the reasons why termites are valuable to our ecosystem.

Benefits of termites you should be aware of

They support the ecosystem

The ecological benefits of termites are incredibly important. They are some of the selected species that are able to recycle waste matter such as dead wood, fecal matter, plants, cellulose and more. They help recycle and even increase the nutrient contents of soil, while simultaneously aerating the soil to support plant growth. Thus, termites, along with ants, contribute to the increase of crop yield.

Termites have antiviral properties

You may be surprised to know this, but termites have antiviral properties that can be effective in treating asthma, cold, cough, flu, tonsillitis, and other types of sicknesses. 

They have medicinal properties

Apart from having antiviral properties, termites also have medicinal properties that are most common in the rural parts of the world. Nine termite species were even recorded to have been used for therapeutic purposes in parts of Africa, Asia, and America.

Some parts of the world eat termites

Termites are a significant source of food in certain parts of the world, especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. Some of the most consumed termite species are flying termites, queen termites, and reproductive soldier termites. As mentioned, the health benefits of eating termites are tremendous. If you happen to go to any part of the world that eat termites, you should definitely consider having that experience.

Learn more about the health benefits and ecological benefits of termites

While termites are admittedly pesky pests that ruin the structural integrity of homes and other properties, they pose positive benefits as well. They help support the ecological balance of nature, they can be eaten and consumed, and they have antibacterial, antiviral, and medicinal properties that help promote better health to its consumers. 

Terminating termites altogether is not the solution to the termite infestation problem in your home. Instead of getting rid of termites once they’re there, it’s better to be preemptive about this issue instead. Termite-proof your house and see how much you will save if you just prevent the build-up of termite colonies in your property. 

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