Keeping your money in a safe place isn’t just about keeping it safe from people who might try to steal it; pests can be equally destructive to your savings. A Chinese man living in the province of Foshan had stored 80 thousand yuan—his life savings—in a shed behind his house. (He was wary of storing the money in a bank.) His name was Feng, he was in his 60s, and he earned this money the hard way: working as a fisherman. It took him years to earn those 80,000 yuan, which was in the form of paper bills that he stacked in eight bundles and stuffed in a bag.
After several months, Feng went to check on his treasure. To his horror, he found the bag full of termites, which had destroyed around half of the money. Police helped Feng piece together the torn up notes, but they weren’t able to accomplish much due to the extensive damage. It’s safe to say there isn’t a person on Earth who despises termites more than our man Feng.
Termites look like white ants, and they like to feast on cellulose—something that humans can’t digest. This means termites love wood, and since paper comes from wood, it makes sense that termites would like paper bills. But even if you don’t store all your money in a shed, it’s worth getting your home inspected for termites: in many cases termites do serious damage to the structural integrity of a home before anyone suspects a thing. For some perspective, it’s estimated that termites cause $5 billion in property damage per year—and that’s just in the US.
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Source 1: http://shanghaiist.com/2014/07/17/old-man-finds-life-savings-devoured-by-termites.php