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How would it look if termites eat my house? This is a question that Thomas Chouvenc, Ph.D., is asked a lot. Because termites eat wood inconspicuously, it is usually hard to detect them and estimate how much they already ate by the time you realize you have them. The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus) is a particularly aggressive termite species, which can grow extremely large colonies, with millions of individuals in mature colonies, and can therefore infest a house with millions of mouths to feed.

This is What 2,000 Termites Eating a Model House Looks Like