TERMITES live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Termites are widely known as an economically significant pest that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Their habit of remaining concealed often results in their presence being undetected until the timbers are severely damaged and exhibit surface changes. Once termites have entered a building, they do not limit themselves to wood; they also damage paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials. When termites have already penetrated a building, the first action is usually to destroy the colony with insecticides. Regular inspection by a competent, trained and experienced inspector is the best defense.