Do termites cause damage?
Yes. Termites are the most destructive of all wood-infesting insects. If proper control procedures are not carried out, serious structural damage will occur. • How does this damage occur? Termites feed mainly on cellulose, a major component of wood. Continuous feeding leads to complete destruction. • When are termites most common? Once a colony is established, termites are a year-round problem. There is an increase in colony expansion activity during warm weather. • Formosian Subterranean Termites • When am I most likely to see termites? Subterranean termite colonies are found in the soil and thrive where wood is in contact with the ground. The worker termite reaches the wood by constructing shelter tubes made of earth, excrement and saliva. Because they are sensitive to light and dryness, this tube maintains the ideal climate of moisture and temperature. The presence of these tubes indicates a termite infestation. • Are termites hazardous to humans? No. The presence of termites does n