have been munching away on wood for over 250 million years, long before
people started building their homes from wood products. Termites
recycle wood products into soil by feeding on and breaking down
cellulose, the main component of the cell walls in plants. Most of the
2,200 or so species of termites live in the tropics.
Did you know that termites cause more than a billion dollars in damage every year in the U.S. alone?
Or that approximately $2 billion per year is spent in the U.S. to prevent or treat for termites?
that, despite the damage and destruction the wreak, termites are
actually beneficial in nature, aiding in the decomposition of dead and
decaying wood and the return of nutrients to the soil.
Following are more facts about the infamous termite:
The Formosan termite is considered to be the number-one damage-causing pest in Louisiana.