Termites 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?
Or 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.Termite Facts
Following are more facts about the infamous termite:
The Formosan termite is considered to be the number-one damage-causing pest in Louisiana.
When winged, termites are often confused with carpenter ants.
Termites live in colonies and build their nests in soil and/or wood. Wood is the main food of all termites, even those that nest primarily in the soil
The queen, the breeder of colony, can live up to 18 years.
A mature colony will have a number of nesting and feeding sites, all connected by tunnels through the wood.