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Extensive galleries are visible in this termite nest, removed from a wall.

Extensive galleries are visible in this termite nest, removed from a wall.

Peggy Greb/USDA Agricultural Research Service

Subterranean termites require some moisture to survive, so their nests usually contact the soil. If there's enough moisture in a wall or other wood structure, though, termites may nest right in the wood. This Formosan subterranean termite nest was removed from an apartment wall in the French Quarter of New Orleans. You can see the extensive galleries created by the wood-eating pests.

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