Termites can be found all over the world and there are around 40 different species living in America. They’re small insects that look similar to one another, measuring between 1/4-1 inch long with soft bodies made up of many segments; they have straight antennae as well! The queen termite has larger features like those seen on an ant while king varieties grow past 1 inch tall–though both types may appear lighter or darker depending upon their coloration (workers tend not to exceed 6 mm).
Termites are important in the environment because they help with decomposition; however, they can also be a nuisance to homes and other buildings. These insects are attracted to wood as a food source, so they may enter through small cracks or holes in order to tunnel their way inside. Once they’re established, termites can quickly cause extensive damage by eating away at the wood and other materials that make up the structure. In fact, it’s estimated that these pests destroy about 600 million dollars worth of property every year in the United States alone!