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What's the difference between ants and termites?

Ever heard the term 'white ant' to describe a termite? Ants and termites are often mistaken for each other, however they are very different insects!

Below is a quick summary on the key differences:

Scientific Class:

Ants - Order Hymenoptera (like Bees and Hornets)

Termites - Order Isoptera (like Cockroaches)


Ants - Different species of ants forage for a variety of food types, including oils, fats and sugars. Ants are scavengers

Termites - Generally feed on plant tissues such as wood, grass and trees

Worker Caste:

Ants - All workers are females

Termites - Workers are both male and females

Whether it's Ants or Termites, Tritan Pest Management can assist you with your problem. Contact us today - (08) 6115 0101 or

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