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Do termites like to eat cedar?

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Termites do not like to eat cedar and avoid it if possible. Cedar contains a chemical that can be toxic to termites if ingested.

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Cedar is one type of wood that termites typically avoid. This makes it a popular choice for use in construction, though it is more costly than many other types of wood. Since termites eat most other types of lumber, thousands of homeowners across the United States deal with termite damage every year.

Subterranean termites are just one species in the United States, but they are the most common. Treating lumber with a borate solution is one way to keep termites from consuming wood. Once wood is treated with a borate solution, it becomes toxic to termites.

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