There are over 2000 species of termites in the world, more than 40 of which are present in the United States. Termites are dangerous pests, often called the “silent destroyer” due to the fact that most of their damage is done before homeowners realize there is a problem. They cause millions of dollars of property damage each year due to their tunneling and food-finding activities as they search for cellulose to consume. This cellulose is often found in wood, but it can often be found in paper, books, insulation and even swimming pool liners. Termites can be mistaken for other types of pests, however, so here are some ways to identify them if you suspect they’re in your home.