Termites are sometimes called “white ants”, though they are not closely related to real ants. Two of the major types of termites are Drywood termites and Subterranean termites.
Drywood termites live in dry, undecayed wood like limbs of trees, utility poles, posts, and lumber. As Drywood termites do not require a lot of moisture, they live in dry places. They do not require constant contact with the soil for their survival like their Subterranean Cousin.
Subterranean termites are social insects which live in colonies in the ground. They build vertical tunnels that look like mud tubes (known as shelter tubes) above ground level in their search for food. Wood is made up of Cellulosic material which is the favourite food of Subterranean termites. Termites can also damage materials of organic origin with cellulosic base such as paper, cardboard, fabric, furniture, etc. However, Subterranean termites are known for their voracious tendencies and can damage even non-cellulosic substances also in search of food and shelter. These pests are one of the worst guests that you can have in your home as they can cause massive destruction to wood structures.