While some insects prefer to leave you and your home alone, other insects will happily take over – and even damage – your house. A termite is a type of insect that travels in large swarms, feasting on the cellulose that’s your home’s wood structure. They don’t love the light, so they’ll usually hide in dark spaces, like inside your walls, without giving you much of a chance to catch a glimpse of them. Almost any home can give termites the perfect meal, but they do tend to prefer decaying wood and plant material, which is why old homes are more commonly invaded. There are different types of termites, too; some of them like damp conditions, while others can thrive in dry conditions.