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  • Concept:


    Termites never sleep. They eat wood 24 hours a day and cause several billion dollars in structural damage every year.

    Drywood termites which live in the dry wood of buildings where they feed;

    Subterranean termites which live in the soil and must locate wood that they feed on; and

    Dampwood termites which may be found in either soil or wood-if enough moisture is present in the wood of a structure they then do not need to return to the soil.


    Web Links (1): Notes
    Related References (2)
    general description, Southern U.S.
    Termites from hell, by Lemonick, M.D, 1998
    termite degratation of wood
    Wood durability issues on the long-term performance of wood in service, by Quarles, S. L. and Tully, D.F, 0

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