Identifying Termite Species

Termites are often confused with ants because of the similarity in size however they are very different insects. Unlike ants, termites are secretive in nature which makes it difficult to detect these pests with an untrained eye. You will most likely see physical signs of termite damage before you see the actual termites.

There are several different species of termites but no matter the difference they work 24/7 without rest and cause extensive structural damage to buildings worth billions of dollars in repair costs all year round.

Here are the 2 common termites you have to worry about.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the most destructive species. They need contact with soil or water to survive and they build elaborate tunnels of mud tubes from the ground up and into the building. The mud tubes are made from a mixture of soil, wood, saliva and faeces.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites are larger than subterranean termites and do not need contact with soil to survive. This specie lives and nest inside wooden structures. The most observable sign of an infestation is their frass which often looks like sawdust.


The correct identification of the termite species will ensure you use the most effective prevention method and appropriate treatment.

Want to know more about how to prevent termites or have an expert inspect your property for termites? Contact our expert team today.

Article by: 

Martina Gaunala
Supervisor Technical & Training

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