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.
- narrow waists
- two sets of wings (one wing is
longer than the other)
- thick waists
- two sets of wings (same size)