Termites are among the most economically
important insects in the world. They eat wood
and wood-based cellulosic materials. They play an
important role in ecological systems by recycling
back to soil cellulose-containing materials, such as
fallen trees. Unfortunately, termites cannot tell the
difference between a pine log in nature and a pine
board that is part of your house. They are best
known as structural and plant pests that compete
with people for shelter and food. Termites cause
more destruction to wood and paper products in
Alabama than any other insect. They are the most
difficult and expensive to control. Methods for control
of different types of termites differ greatly.
Therefore, homeowners must understand termites
and how they can be controlled.