There are two common termites to worry about are drywood termites and subterranean termites. The main difference between these two is that drywood termites infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil, while subterranean termites need contact with soil or water to survive.

The main difference between drywood and subterranean termites is their preferred living environments.

Drywood termites like to build their nests and live within wooden structures, which is how they get their name.

A clear sign of a drywood termite infestation is the collection of frass on the floor or flat surface below the wood they are inhabiting. Termite frass often looks like sawdust from afar, but on closer inspection, you will be able to notice granular pellets, often varying in color.

As you already know, subterranean termites are the most common species found damaging buildings across the globe.

Compared to drywood termites, subterranean termites live off a diet of softer wood only and tend to excavate tunnels in wood along the grain.

As opposed to drywood termites, subterranean termites like to live in the ground. This is because these species of termite need a source of moisture to survive. Subterranean termites need a connection to the ground to keep their nest and tunnels humid enough to survive and for material to build tunnels and nests. If there is plenty of moisture available they can build nests above ground.

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