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Termites are usually cryptic, meaning that they don't come out into the open, which makes them difficult to detect. Even when they are visible within the home as flying insects, termites can often be mistaken for ants. Some homeowners will dismiss the termites as pesky ants (which often swarm at the same time of year) and ignore them without taking any preventive or extermination measures. This allows established termite infestations to grow exponentially. While they are only a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property.
Termites primarily feed on cellulose, a part of wood, but can also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. All termites feed on detritus (dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood). Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation. House foundations, furniture, shelves, and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites. Termites can harm living trees and shrubs, but are more often a secondary invader of woody plants already in decline. Termites are often called "silent destroyers" because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage.
A termite letter is a statement that confirms that your home has been inspected for termites and provides details related to the presence or absence of termites in your home. For example, a termite letter might conclude that your home has no termites present and that there is no visible termite damage. Or, a termite letter may state that your home has suffered termite damage and provide details as to the extent of this damage. Termite letters are often used during the home-buying process to confirm or rule out the presence of termites and/or termite damage in a home.
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