Termites are most famously known for their appetite of wood and the destruction that their hunger causes, but why wood? Well it turns out when Termites are chewing through wood, they’re actually going for the “cellulose” found in wood. Cellulose is a part of the cell wall found in plant cells. Termites will feast on anything they can find that contains cellulose, which can be drywall, books, or even types of fabrics.
Termites have very strong mouthparts that make it easy for them to chew through wood, something most other types of insects are not able to do. However, even though termites eat the wood, they’re not actually able to digest it on their own. They have the help of microorganisms that live in the termite’s digestive system, the microorganisms break up the wood and cellulose for the termites, allowing the termites to get the nutrients they’re looking for.
All termites do is eat throughout the day, so they can quickly cause a lot of damage if they end up in your home. It’s important to attend to a termite infestation as soon as it’s discovered, if not taken care of, termites can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home and property.