Termites (subterranean wood destroying termites or white ants)
The soldiers of wood destroying termites are small (5 mm) and have flattened and rounded foreheads with rough edges. They use these to block tunnels from ant attacks. They live in any kind of dry wood, including structural timber and furniture. Termite nests are very complex and species specific.
Odontotermes sp. can damage wood structures and have a serious impact on the structural integrity of older buildings. Some of these termites can also cover tree trunks and branches with mud, while consuming the bark under this protection, resulting in the premature death of trees.