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  • Writer's pictureRobert Bate

White Ants and Black Ants are Not The Same

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

Often the term "White Ants" is used to refer to termites. Although ants and termites have some physical similarities and similar social system (which resembles each other), white ants (termites) actually belong to a completely different insect group. In fact, a phylogenetic study has shown that the cockroach is the closest relative to the termite.

So let's have a closer look at the physical difference between ants and termites:

Black Ants

Antennae elbowed

Compound eyes

Constriction between thorax and abdomen


Antenne head like.

No eyes

No constriction between thorax and abdomen.

Both Termites and Black Ants can be pests when it comes to human structures and dwellings, with both having the potential to cause thousands of dollars of damage. The former considered the more destructive.

Although treating both black ants and termites can be completed using a similar Termiticide/insecticide application (which is based around non repellent technology) both treatments require separate treatments using different methods/applications.

Treating Black Ants Around Your Home

If you are having ant problems in and around your home, chances are they are living in a nest outside. The key to any ant eradication is targeting the ants where they live. By applying a "Termidor Ant Treatment" to the exterior of your house, garden walls and path areas will mean that ants will pass over these areas and unknowingly carry the Termidor in their bodies back to the nest.

Controlling and Preventing Termites Around Your Home

Preventing termites from entering homes involves a number of methods. Completing annual pest inspections to homes in termite-prone areas, using naturally resistant or treated timbers in building and physically installing chemical soil barriers around buildings is necessary to prevent further problems.

Treating Termites Around Your Home

Termite identification before any termite eradication program begins is necessary. Identification is a very specialised area and should be left to a certified termite technician. Out of the 258 species of termites found in Australia, only a few wood-damaging species are of a concern to humans. Houses that back onto or are surrounded by bushland may have a termite nest nearby. But these may not contain pest species. If you have found termites in or around your home, it is important that you do not disturb them. Once termites are disturbed they will usually abandon the area, moving elsewhere and continue to rebuild, or in the human world destroy.

Brisbane is renowned for hosting many of the most active and damaging termite species. These species are capable of causing significant damage to a home in as little as six months. Because of this, every homeowner should have a proactive termite management plan in place to ensure full protection of their home.

If you require a quote for termite protection for your home or business, we can offer you a free no obligation termite quote. Just give us a call and we are happy to come to your property to measure and offer advice on what termite protection would be best for you home.

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