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->''"Some primal termite knocked on wood\\
Tasted it, and found it good\\
And that is why your Cousin May\\
Fell through the parlor floor today."''
-->-- "The Termite" by Creator/OgdenNash

{{Termites}} are portrayed in fiction as very fast munchers of wood making saw blade sounds; often, simply a terrifying invisible force that disintegrates wood rapidly. They are often a problem in buildings and may require fumigation tents.

See also HordeOfAlienLocusts.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* In the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' comic "The bridge on the Mississippi" the evil mayor suggests that the opening of a wooden bridge be celebrated by swinging a bottle of champagne against it. As a test a seemingly empty bottle is used, but it really contained termites, which begin to eat the bridge from the inside. Then the cavalry attempts to ride across the bridge, but it collapses under their weight. And of course, this part of the river just happens to be full of alligators...
* Termites turn out to be the savior... and the new problem... of the Smurf Village in ''TheSmurfs'' comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress".
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Lebrac throws a bottle of termites at Gaston's {{Xenophone}} over the weekend. On Monday morning, doors collapse, desks crumble to dust, pencils are gone... Gaston quickly puts two and two together and goes to check on his instrument... which is sitting untouched by the termites.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the book ''No Score'', the narrator works for a little while with a scam company which sells termite inspection & extermination door to door; they carry small vials of termites to release so the homeowner can actually see them.
* This is a major plot point in the ninth ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book, ''The Secret''. The team is forced to morph termites to infiltrate a Yeerk logging front and lose themselves in the simple, overpowering hive-minded instincts of the termites.
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'' is set in the termite society, so it's no surprise this trope comes up. In their scientific research on a particular human's home, the termites explore thoroughly his walls and his furniture by eating tunnels through them--causing the guy's house to collapse.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', Guybrush must at one point infest the baddie's cane with a handful of termites so that he can follow the resulting trail of sawdust to the villain's lair. By the time you get there, the cane has dissolved completely.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' episode "Pink Pest Control": A termite bedevils the panther by literally eating him out of house and home. Watchable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWvfFRUFqNk here]].
* Also from DFE, ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' episode "Rough Brunch": The Aardvark fights a termite (and his family) who can eat through wood products at lightning speed with the accompanying sound of a buzzsaw. There's a complete episode guide [[http://www.tv.com/the-ant-and-the-aardvark/rough-brunch/episode/264614/recap.html here]] and the episode is viewable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyGQ2m-Z1g here]].
* On one ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, Porky Pig had to deal with a termite caricatured as a [[CanadaEh French-Canadian lumberjack]]. The exterminator Porky hires causes far more trouble for him than the termite.
** Incidentally, the Warner Bros. Animation studio in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation was called "Termite Terrace" by Creator/TexAvery and the other employees, due to the title trope.
** One of the Gremlins from the Kremlin in ''Russian Rhapsody'' uses "termiteskis" to get rid of the wings on {{UsefulNotes/Adolf Hitler}}'s plane.
* For a sci-fi take on it, there's the WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker cartoon "Termites [[RecycledINSPACE From Mars]]". What makes them so different from Termites From Earth is that these ones chew through anything. [[spoiler:Except adhesive tape.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBerenstainBears'' featured a story about a termite who teams up with the episode's villain to sell bogus "termite insurance" to bears. The scam involves the termite chowing down on wooden property.
* The last episode of the western animated series ''Zoo Cup'' is about a soccer match between kangaroos and termites. Or rather it should be. Because just when kangaroos and the commentator are busy wondering where the termites' team and their supporters are, the termites eat up the entire stadium in seconds.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'', Huck encountered a crafty termite.
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, in an episode of their 1970s series, dealt with a gang of termites on tiny motorcycles with sawblade wheels.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' was about a swarm of termites raiding Rabbit's house.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' was about the titular family being forced to live in a 19th Century home as part of a reality show because their house was badly damaged by termites living in a hockey stick.
* A termite in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' had gigantic metal jaws and could reduce anything to splinters in a second. Even electrical appliances.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' called "The Eeksterminator" had the eponymous cat accidentally breaking Wendy Elizabeth's inflatable Squishy Bears cage of termites and dealing with a termite that freed from the cage.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' deals with Popeye defending his newly built home from termites. After eating his spinach, he rebuilt his house completely out of steel.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has Carl's house infested with termites that Meatwad ordered as pets.
-->'''Carl:''' Certainly not gonna sign off on anymore packages with the word "Congo" written in blood.