termites

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  • Insects that destroy wood by eating the wood fiber. Termites are social insects that exist in most parts of the U.S., but they are most destructive in the coastal states and in the Southwest. Termites can enter wood through the ground or above the ground, although the subterranean type is most common in the U.S. They eat the softer springwood first and prefer sapwood over heartwood.
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