Termite Guides

What are termites?

Termites are insects that live in colonies below the soil surface, and are sometimes known as White Ants. Termites are social creatures, so where there is one, you will find many!

There are in excess of 2,600 species of termite around the world, but only about 5% of these are of significant pests to homes and buildings. These termites enter structures from hidden pathways under floors and in foundation walls. When this happens, they become the cause of billions of dollars worth of damage every year.

Colonies consist of:

Workers – These make up the majority of the colony, and they eat wood to feed the other members, therefore well known for the damage associated with termite infestation!
Soldiers – These protect the colony, using strong jaws to keep out invaders such as ants.
Swarmers (reproductives) – The winged adults are the termites that are most often seen by homeowners.

In North America, of particular interest are dampwood, drywood, and subterranean termites because they are a threat to structures. With literally millions of members in a very well organised colony, it is no wonder that they can cause so much damage to buildings when they are working together to find food.

Our guides can help you discover the difference between a termite and an ant, spot the signs of termite damage and even reveal how Ehrlich’s experienced technicians can get rid of termites.

how to get rid of termites guide

How To Get Rid of Termites Guide – Do you want to know how to kill termites? Want to know what you should do to prevent a termite infestation in your property? Then this is the guide for you!

termite identification guide

Termite Identification Guide – Did you know? All species of termites have common features and there are easy ways to tell if you are looking at Termite Swarmers not Carpenter Ants or Fire Ants.

spotting signs of termite damage

Spotting Signs of Termite Damage Guide – Termites may be good at hiding, but this guide offers some tips on what to look out for if you are worried that termites are on your property.

termite facts faq

Termite Facts and Frequently Asked Questions - How do you know if you've got termites? What are the Risks of Termite Infestation? And what can you do about a termite problem? The answers to all these questions and more in our frequently asked questions.

Flying Termite

Download Ehrlich's Fact Sheet - For the essential termite facts and behavior download and take away the Ehrlich Termite Fact Sheet today.



Interested in entomology? Check out our Termite Species page, where you can find out what the different species of termite look like close up. We have images and information on Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites, Dry Wood Termites and Damp Wood Termites.