Termites: What Do They Eat?

Termites: What Do They Eat?
As a homeowner, you want to always make sure that your home is protected from those problem pests. But in order for you to protect your home from some such as termites, you have to know a little more about them. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can help you and your family protect your home from termites by knowing what they eat below.

Their Diet

Termites: What Do They Eat?

Did you know that termites eat other things besides wood? Yes, that is correct they eat more than wood and paper. Many people don’t know this, but their diets do consist of paper products, wood, plants, cotton and more. The main ingredient that all of these products do have in them is cellulose which can be a perfect nutrient that termites love. Termites love wood because their stomachs allows them to eat wood, but it will also help break down the different fibers too. This is the main ingredient of their diet and is why they love to eat your home.

Woods that Suit Termites

There happens to be three different types of wood that most termites prefer springwood, damp wood and dry wood. Damp wood is what you may find outdoors such as a deck, decaying logs or tree stumps. Springwood is like a honeycomb type of wood that you may find filled with dirt and the wood is softer which is easier to eat. The last type of wood, dry wood is what you will find in your home. It’s what your home is made from, hardwood floors and even furniture. This is where you may find the most damage from the termites and can lead to a larger problem.

How to Protect your Home

Termites: What Do They Eat?

Protecting your home is the key thing that you will want to do especially with having your family there. One way that you can protect your home is by eliminating the food sources that the termites will want. Be sure to clear old, damp wood that you may notice are damaged. This includes old logs, decks and anything that you may see could cause a potential problem. These small tips will help keep your home free from pests not only termites but also other pests.

If you are still having a problem with termites or if you suspect that you may have termite damage, give us a call today. Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators can help you get rid of the pests or any other problem pests you may be experiencing. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful New Year’s!

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