You’re probably familiar with these pesky little insects that love to feed on dead plant material such as wood, leaf litter, soil, or manure. Although extremely important for world ecosystems in breaking down nutrients in tropical and subtropical forests, termites can wreck havoc on your crops, fences, and sheds. They live in colonies and can be undetectable due to burrowing deep into wooden walls. Scientists are currently looking at natural toxic resins secreted by hardwood trees as a defense against termites, which would rather starve than consume such unappetizing flavors.
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