Termite damage and a specific type of wood rot, known as dry rot, can not only be confused, but both can cause extensive damage to structures. The two forms of damage look similar to one another and might not be noticed right away.
Wood Damage: Is It Termites or Dry Rot? 1) It could be that the wood has suffered some impact, such as something hitting it. 2) It could be you have what’s called dry rot which occurs because of excessive moisture penetrating the wood and the breaking down, rotting and becoming a soft, mushy, weak and of useless consistency.