Will termites eat my books
A reader e-mailed in this question:
"I have a bunch of books in my collection and the other day I opened one up and saw a small white bug that looked like an ant crawling in it. I think it's a termite. I'm afraid they will damage my collection and I can't check every page of every book to try to find them. Are these termites and is there any easy thing I can do?"
Yes, termites will eat books. Books and other papers are made from wood, and
they contain all the nutrients termites need, from a substance called
cellulose, and are an obvious food source for them.
The good news is that the termites aren't actually living in your books. The bad news is that there is likely a colony in your house. Termites won't build a colony in the books, but they will send out workers looking for food who will tunnel around and will start eating at the books, bringing the food back to the nest.
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