7 dreadful creatures that devour houses

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Most homeowners are familiar with termites, which are known for their ability to eat through wood, whether it be window frames, doors, stairs or other components of a house.

But other creatures can devour wood, too. Some even gobble stucco.

It might seem tempting to ignore the presence or evidence of these house-eating beasts. But certain types of termites, snails, beetles, ants and even bees can be destructive. The longer you wait, the more damage they’ll cause and the more costly it will be to repair.

“The motto in entomology is: If you build it, they will come,” says Roger Gold, a professor and chair of the Center for Urban and Structural Entomology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Here are seven creatures that are the stuff of your house’s nightmares. Wait till you get to the snails.