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Termites are at war with ants but have a number of very successful protection mechanisms allowing them to live in very close proximity to various ant species.
In some very very rare cases, termites can be transferred if the Queen is present and it is a very young nest. For example we know of one case where an old ironbark post was stored outside and contained a queen and young colony, which then transferred a whole colony to a multi-million dollar renovation.
Subterranean termites are generally as big or bigger than common black ants.
Subterranean termites range in colour from opaque to white to dark brown depending on species and role in the colony.
Subterranean termites have been found eating almost all timber including ironbark and variously treated timber. It is not a termite misconception that termites do have preferences for certain timbers at certain conditions but this can vary greatly.