Ants Are So Passé, You Need A Termite Farm On Your Desk

Ants Are So Passé, You Need a Termite Farm On Your Desk

Is there any better way to relax than being reminded of your species' dominance on this planet while watching a bunch of bugs trapped in a clear plastic enclosure? Not likely. But ant farms are so yesterday, what you need is your own personal termite farm, and that's exactly what the Termitat delivers — complete with a slice of Douglas Fir to keep them fed for up to two years.

Ants Are So Passé, You Need a Termite Farm On Your Desk

There are some obvious questions and concerns that come to mind when planning to keep an active colony of termites in your home. Like what if they escape, or what if they escape, and what if they escape? But their creator, Chris Poehlmann, promises the quarter-inch thick clear acrylic plastic used for the Termitat is escape-proof. And even if they get out, he specifically chose Dampwood Termites which prefer wet logs and wood found in a forest, not the dry timber in your home.

Maintenance is as easy as injecting a bit of water twice a month using a syringe, because the termite's feast on the wood they call home. And when they have consumed everything in the Termitat, you can send it back for a fresh log and a fresh family of termites.

Ants Are So Passé, You Need a Termite Farm On Your Desk

Chris has turned to Kickstarter to help fund production of his miniature self-contained termite utopias, and a pledge of $US125 will get you a bare bones kit. The thought of purposely bringing termites into their home might still be hard for some people to come to terms with, but Chris spent the last 25 years of his life designing and building exhibits for zoos, museums, and aquariums, so he knows a thing or two about keeping lesser species safely held hostage. Besides, ants are straight-up boring. [Kickstarter - Termitat via Gizmag]


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    *only ships to the US.

    Thanks again OZmodo

      It's pretty bloody obvious you'd never get this through customs (it's wood, before you even get to the termites) -- but definitely still worth reading about. Like lots of cool stuff happening in the world. For shipping to Australia in general -- for other gadgets that just don't ship here covered on Gizmodo -- try a US mail forwarding service (like those that advertise on Gizmodo) instead of being so passive aggressive.

    Good luck trying to get this through Customs!!

    I imagine (and hope) that it would be quite difficult to ship these into Australia - untreated wood and non-indigenous bugs are big no-no's with the guys in Customs and Border Protection.
    Besides, some Aussie termites are much smarter than their American cousins, they can build 2m high compasses (http://www.asknature.org/strategy/0b6de7e76091446430d275b2c52473dd).

      As this guy said. It's actually very illegal to do so.

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