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Termite Facts
  1. Termites cause more damage than tornadoes, hail storms, 
    wind storms, and hurricanes  combined.
  2. Termites cost Americans more than $1 billion each year.
  3. You can buy insurance for many sources of home damage, 
    but not for termites.
  4. Termites have been around for more than 240 million years. 
    They adapt to ever changing environments. Termites are 
    natures way to break down wood and return it to the soil.
  5. Termites can not determine the difference between the wood 
    in the forest where your home was built and the wood 
    members of your home.
  6. Termites can infest almost every part of your home.
  7. Termites can enter your home through a crack or opening 
    as thin as a piece of paper.
  8. Termites never stop working and eating. They work 24 hours a day.
  9. Termite colonies can average more than a million termites.

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A typical homeowner's insurance policy does not cover destruction caused by termites, even though they cause over 1 billion dollars in damage to homes throughout the United States each year. It’s important that homeowners understand the threat of termites, and take the necessary steps to protect their homes.

Subterranean termites are extremely destructive. First they build tunnels to wooden structures, and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food, and given time to do so, they’ll eat until nothing is left but a shell. Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you’re not likely to stumble upon them.

On the off chance you do see them, remember that it’s easy to confuse termites with ants. Fortunately, there are features that distinguish them.
 
Ants
  • narrow waists
  • bent antennae   
  • two sets of wings (one wing is longer than the other)
Termites
  • thick waists
  • straight antennae
  • two sets of wings (same size)