concluded that the termite was attracted to the sent of the ink. Termite An ant-like insect that lives in colonies, building nests underground, in trees or in human structures (like houses and apartment buildings). Now, the termites that did follow the ink lines. Did you notice that your worker termites are blind? But he remembers well, two years ago, when his science teacher played with termites in class. The termites didn't walk into the circle drawn in black ink, but they instead walked around the perimeter. A number of household substances can attract the attention of termites. Cheers Don Sincerely, Ross [email protected]?
A number of household substances can attract the attention of termites.
One of the more peculiar substances that some termites fixate on is the ink in common ballpoint pens.
If you draw a line across a surface with one of these pens, you may witness a line of termites following it like a guide.
When one termite finds something worth investigating, it lays down a pheromone trail that the other termites can smell and follow with unerring accuracy. Primary targets include aphids to termites. It started out as a simple classroom experiment involving a few termites, some ballpoint pens and a paper plate. It can also harm non-targeted insects, such as bees. Not very many people want termites living in their houses. Certain ballpoint pens use ink that termites can't seem to resist. Draw a line with an ink pen, and termites will blindly (literally, blindly) follow it across the page. We figured that there must be some relation with red and termites until we used different red writing sources like red chalk, red markers, and red felt tip pens. Pheromones, the key to this behavior lies in the method termites use to communicate with one another. This was a question my biology teacher asked my honors class (we were to write a report over the possible explanation). Sometimes they are like the termite's own scent and sometimes they just smell better than the paper. Try a few more inks and you will find that they will follow some red inks much better than they do the black ones.