Buried deep in the archives of The New York Times is an article about termites. We have a hate-love relationship with the little creatures. We hate them because they can turn a house constructed from wood into saw dust without a homeowner ever knowing it.
Watch a show like “Flip or Flop” on HGTV. It seems like Tarek and Christina El Moussa are always buying homes that have extensive termite damage. There’s an entire industry devoted to killing termites and insuring that they don’t return to wreck havoc on our homes.
We love them because they turn discarded wood products into compost, enriching the soil. If there were no termites we would be living in a forest of dead trees all around us.
A fundamental law is that nothing is ever destroyed. When termites consume wood and vegetable matter, they turn it into energy, heat, and gaseous byproducts like carbon dioxide and methane – dreaded greenhouse gases.
They are by definition some of the biggest polluters on the planet…
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