These monsters are called termites. And they’re not huge, only about ¼ “ long. But, if unchecked, they’ll destroy your house as surely as if Godzilla stomped on it. In our area, there are homes that will have termites and there are homes that already have termites.
If you already have termites, an extermination company can treat the home and kill off the termites that are already there. The same treatment will keep them away for a long time. If they’ve already caused damage, the damage should be repaired. Damages can include compromised structural timbers and plywood sheathing among others. Termites can (and will) also eat sheet rock, leaving only the visible coat of paint.
A few basic precautions can help keep these monsters away. Wood mulch around the perimeter of the home is called bait. If you use any wood for landscaping, make sure it’s pressure treated as this process discourages termites. Keep the garage and basement walls cleared so that you can see if the termites mud tubes appear. Don’t store any paper or cardboard products on the floor, as this is more bait.
Then visit your favorite hardware store and get the strongest chemical you can find in pellet form. Then spread this around the foundation of your home multiple times during the year, just follow the directions. You’ll be doing your home a favor.