Termites are commonly referred to as white ants. They eat timber.

Picture of termites eating timber.

Before starting a new building the builder contact the local municipality to check whether the house is in a declared termite zone.

The Australian Standard AS 3660.1-1995 'Protection of new buildings from subterranean termites', and the Building Code of Australia both contain instructions on how to construct a new building so as to minimise the risk of termite attack.

All new buildings must have their primary building elements (structural elements) built with termite resistant materials or be protected against termite attack.