What Does Isoptera Mean?
Isoptera are a group of insects whose four wings are nearly identical in size and shape, with termites being a common example.
Termites, sometimes known as white ants, are common pests that can cause serious damage to buildings, plants, or forests. Some species of termites such as the West Indian drywood termite are considered a threatening invasive species.
Maximum Yield Explains Isoptera
The Isoptera’s diet is cellulose-based plant material, which can
include anything from a rotting log to the wood within a house. All cellulose-based plants can become food
for the termite and they can destroy weak trees or shrubs when present in the
Garden structures such as arbors or pergolas also provide the
cellulose-based food that termites thrive on. They can often hide in walls,
basements, and attics in homes, as well.
Most of their damage isn’t immediately
noticed and for this reason they are sometimes referred to as the “silent
destroyer.” They are so hardy and so destructive that it
has spurred a multi-billion dollar industry dedicated to their elimination as a
household pest. In some cultures however, termites are prized as a delicacy and used in traditional medicine.