While it is rare to see termites in the Treasure Valley, it is very important to know about them because they can cause a significant amount of damage to a property. While there are around 2,000 know species of termites throughout the world, there are only a few species that are very common in the United States. Termites are detrivores which means they consume dead plants at almost every level of decomposition. Many of the termite species eat cellulose, which classifies them as a major source of atmospheric methane which is produced from the breakdown of cellulose.
Termites are thought to cause billions of dollars in damage every year, so it is vital that even though they are rarely found here, we stay alert for their presence as they can very quickly destroy a home or shelter. If you see piles of sawdust near wood, hollow sounds when tapping on wood, or mud tubes leading into your home, you should definitely be on the lookout for termites.