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Termites are insects that feed on things made of cellulose, such as decaying plants, tree roots, tree stumps, fallen trees, tree limbs, fallen leaves, and structural wood. In nature, termites are beneficial because they help speed up the process of breaking down decaying plants. However, when termites find their way into homes and other structures, they are destructive and unwanted.

Termites have a complex social structure, living together in large colonies. They divide themselves into different castes to maintain the colony and are usually described as either workers, soldiers, or reproductive. The three different types of termites that live in the Tampa Bay Area are Formosan, eastern, and drywood termites. Formosan termites live in large colonies across the southern portion of the United States. A single colony may have several million termites in it that can cause more damage in a shorter period than other species. They are a subterranean species of termite but also nest above the ground, usually on roofs in carton nests. 

Eastern subterranean termites live across the entire United States. Their colonies are not as large as Formosan colonies, but they may still have hundreds of thousands of members in a single colony and can cause extensive and expensive damage to properties they invade. They nest exclusively underground. 

Drywood termites invade wood with low moisture content and can be found invading items like wooden furniture, woodwork, trim, and dry structural timbers. Their colonies tend to be much smaller in size than subterranean termite colonies.

To protect your home from wood-destroying termites, it is important to reduce as much excess moisture in and around your home as possible. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners and make sure crawlspaces and attics are properly ventilated. Maintain your home’s gutters, place weather stripping around all windows and doors, repair leaky pipes or fixtures, and remove any wood in your home that has been damaged by water. Eliminate as many entry points as possible into your home, especially openings found in the foundation and on the roof. Limit soil-to-wood contact on your property, seal cracks in your home's foundation, and leave a barrier between it and any soil or mulch. Place woodpiles up off the ground and away from the exterior of your home in addition to removing scrap wood from your property.

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