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A termite was an insect that ate wood. They could be quite destructive, especially to houses. Species of termites were found on several class M planets, including Earth and Vulcan. One specific species of termite were spitting termites. (ENT: "Strange New World")
Loracus Prime had five thousand subspecies of termites. Loracus Prime's termites were notable for having inspired Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development in the early 22nd century. (ENT: "Strange New World")
In 2287, when James T. Kirk expressed his doubts about Spock being able to digest bourbon and beans, Leonard McCoy joked that with his Vulcan metabolism, Spock could eat a bowl of termites and it would not bother him. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
In the Julian Bashir, Secret Agent holoprogram, Doctor Hippocrates Noah compared the Human race to termites: "There comes a time when a house has been so damaged by termites that you must not only kill the termites... but demolish the house... and build again." (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")