Myth: In the United States, termites are only found in the south.
Fact: There are 41 species of termites in North America. While most occur in the southeast United States, the only U.S. state where termites have not been found is Alaska.
Myth: Termites serve no useful purpose; they are simply destructive pests.
Fact: Termites provide a valuable service by breaking down dead wood in forests into soil. They were one of the earth's first recyclers.
Myth: When forests are leveled and trees are removed to make room for development, termites are destroyed or removed also.
Fact: Most termites nest in the ground beneath the surface. When termite colonies lose their food supply to developers, they seek out new food sources - usually wood from newly built homes on the site.
Myth: A brick house on a concrete slab is safe from termites.
Fact: Virtually all homes have a wood frame. No matter how the wood is separated from the soil, termites can work their way to it from the ground underneath. Similarly, a concrete slab does not eliminate wood-to-ground contact. Termites can construct tunnels through cracks in the concrete.