“White ant” is just a common word for termite.

The misconception could derive from the fact that there are many different species of termite, some of which are lighter colored than others.

Another thing that could lead to the confusion is that termites have different classes within each species, such as the worker termites, the soldier termites, and the queen.

The worker termites take on a lighter color before they are adults, and even after they mature, they can still be lighter in color if they have been eating things that are light in color.

It is when termites consume darker colored materials such as wood from your house that they become the sort of tannish brown color that people are most familiar with.

While it may not matter so much what you call it, white ants are a real pest and great care should be taken to avoid becoming infested with termites, as well as getting rid of them if they rear their ugly heads in your home.

So, to help out with this goal in mind, here are three easy ways to wipe these guys out for good.

1) Nematodes

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Nematodes are a pest themselves but can be used effectively against white ants.

Nematodes are a tiny microscopic creature which naturally occurs in soils all around the world. They are considered the most abundant multi-celled animal in existence on planet earth.

It just so happens that nematodes feed on many undesirable creatures, and termites are not an exception.

Dispersing nematodes in termite affected areas is considered one of the most natural and exceptional ways to rid yourself of pesky termites.

Nematodes can be bought in packages at various garden supply stores.

The only problem with nematodes is there’s no real way to ensure their effectiveness and no way to tell if you’ve actively created a barrier for your home.

They are also known to be pests themselves as they also eat many plants people like to have in their gardens like strawberries and cucumbers.

2) Hit em where it hurts: their food supply

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White ants in the soil after digging up roots under a home.

Termites feed on all sorts of things but are commonly known for feeding on wood and plant roots.

Removing roots that grow under your house or destroying any wood or mulch piles in the area can help control their numbers as well as provide them with less incentive to show up at your house in the first place.

As it is with many bugs of this nature, they are interested mostly if not entirely in food. Therefore, if you give them no food, they will take their business elsewhere.

3) Flood em out

Termites often build their colonies underground.

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Flooding white ants isn’t the most practical solution but it is a natural one.

This gives them the advantage of being hidden from the giants of the surface but give those of us with large cerebral cortexes and opposable thumbs the opportunity to use nature to our advantage by flooding their colonies, effectively drowning them.

Holes are drilled into the ground around the parameter of the affected area and water is injected to flood the ground and soils.

If done correctly, the termites will be unable to survive, ridding you of their nasty presence.

The only thing is if done incorrectly, the colony won’t just survive but they will thrive in their new damp environment as dampness helps them to survive.

Ultimately, for serious or extreme infestations of termites, it’s a good idea to call in a professional.

Sure, professional help costs money, but then again, so does repairing structure damage to your house from letting a termite infestation go out of control.

Termites are fierce, but we humans are even more fierce, so stand strong and win the battle against the pesky white ants!