November 7, 2022

What Do Termites Eat? Hint: It’s Not Just Wood

What Do Termites Eat? Hint: It's Not Just Wood

What do termites eat?

Just because you live in a brick or stone home, that doesn’t mean you can’t get termites. You may think you’re safe but that assumption may end up costing you a lot – in repairs from termite damage.

Even if the exterior of your home isn’t something termites eat, nearly every home has materials inside and throughout to attract these nasty pests.


Termites love cellulose – it’s what they primarily eat. This natural substance is found inside trees, shrubs, plants, and even grass.

A majority of homes have a wooden frame, despite what the walls inside or out are made of. Termites are persistent critters, capable of burrowing into that wood without your knowledge – until you notice extensive damage.

Termite Food Sources Within Your Home

  • Drywall
  • Sheetrock
  • Wallpaper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plants
  • Fabric
  • Carpet

Are items that many people keep stacked in attics or basements contain cellulose that termites can be attracted to.

It’s almost impossible to keep wood and cellulose out of your home. But you can protect your home by ensuring these materials are treated against termites.

Why Termite Food Sources Are So Important To Tackle

Food sources are key to termite colony survival. When one lone wandering termite happens upon a food source, they quickly go back to the rest of their colony to share their discovery. The individual worker termites will then be at the food source almost immediately after.

It’s important to find and eliminate or at the very least treat these food sources in order to stop colony survival and deter termites from taking up residence within your home.

Termite Control

If you’re worried about how vulnerable your home is to termites, contact go2-pros for help. Call us to schedule your termite inspection and learn more about your termite control options

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