A Termites’ Favorite Food

Termites are silent destroyers because of their sneaky ability to destroy your home from the inside out without being detected. They can easily do some serious damage to your home and its foundation without showing any immediate signs of harm. Your house is their utopia, providing the food, moisture, and shelter that they need to survive and thrive.

Here’s everything you need to know about termite’s favorite foods and where they find it.

The termite gets its nutrition from cellulose. Cellulose is found in plants’ cell walls and is used to make paper, wood, and other everyday products. Termites feed on many of these materials to get the cellulose they need, including plants, carpet, insulation, cardboard, sheetrock paper, fabric, animal feces, and of course, wood.

The most common termites found in Florida include the drywood termite, Florida dampwood termite, Formosan subterranean termite, and eastern subterranean termite, all of which eat wood to derive the cellulose and nutrients they need to live. In nature, this is helpful because the pests can break down decaying trees and dying plants. In your home, however, these pests eating habits are a major problem when they are chewing on your home’s wooden structure.

Damage from termites can happen anywhere on your property, from trees to furniture, to paper and structural components. Few things are safe once a termite infestation begins. Whether you suspect an infestation or you just want to take precautionary measures, American Allegiance Pest Control can help you with termite treatments in Fort Myers, FL. Call us today to schedule a termite inspection.