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Watch Live on Minibeast Cam!

Tune In: This month, experience the fascinating world of the Eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes) live on our Minibeast Cam.

Termites play crucial roles in terrestrial ecosystems by breaking down cellulose and recycling wood. This decomposition process enriches the soil and promotes plant growth, making them essential to forest health.​ Termites exhibit complex social behaviors, with distinct roles such as workers, soldiers, and queens within their colonies.

Although beneficial in natural ecosystems, they can be highly destructive when they infest human structures. The Eastern subterranean termite is one of the most economically significant pests in the United States. They cause billions of dollars in damage each year by feeding on wood in homes and buildings, compromising structural integrity. Effective management and prevention strategies are essential to protect properties from these invasive insects.

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