Honolulu church stained glass termite_450_388
Stained glass termite

This is a general guide to termites which aims to

  • help people with termites as pests,
  • introduce termites for students, and also to
  • be a resource for the just plain curious (like me and possibly, you)

Please read this disclaimer. If you need expert or technical pest work done, check here.

Apologies if last time you came here you found little content. We had a PHP glitch some months back, but things are (almost) back to normal.

What’s here?

A jumble of information derived from answers to termite questions from people around the world. You can learn lots about termites, what they are and what they do, about avoiding termite problems, how to get rid of termites if you have them and how not to get rid of termites


In my part of Southern Australia (yes, I probably live on a different continent) it is still warm even though it is well into Autumn (Fall).  In the Northern Hemisphere things seems to be warming early. These shoulder seasons see termites active areas around the world. If you have any concerns, right now is a good time to have your home professionally inspected. If you are super-confident, infallible (& rich enough to bet-the-whole-house) then, by all means, do your own inspection.

Where’s Wally Don?

Wet mound sculptures CNS airport Copyright Don Ewart 2014
Amitermes mound sculptures Cairns

Apart from contract research and the usual consultancies and expert witness assessments, Don’s already started 2016 teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic with classes covering the Australian pest management competencies, specialist termite skills and the units to achieve a Certificate III qualification  Teaching is mostly done in day blocks with the learning manual tasks and more of the lessons available online, any time. Classes run through the year and are cost competitive. Interstate and International students are most welcome. Enrolments are open for the Mid-Year, July start.

Doing Stuff

Heavily into working on the update of the Australian subterranean termite management standard, AS 3660.2 (2000), which has to transition from “Guidelines” to mandatory provisions and so needs a near-complete re-write. Not an easy task. Finished off a chapter looking at how termites respond to climate change which is in the works for CAB and due  out in December. Next big outing is at the FAOPMA conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland on 16 Sept. Do come come and hear my talk. Meanwhile, the IRG-WP beckons.

Mound with test units (wrapped)
An early Blockaid field trial, Townsville
T2 blue is not particularly repellent
This H2 ‘treated’ timber is not repellent, and the termites travel happily right over it.

Why Dr Don’s Termite Pages?

Working at CSIRO, about 20 years ago, I was spending far too much time answering telephone queries from the public (instead of getting my own work done). So I created a dawn-of-the-web homepage hoping to make my answers accessible.  When I started this site, Alta Vista (the original search tool) indexed only 35 pages that contained the word “termite” in the whole of the web. Now Google report well over 12 million pages that include  “termite”. Unfortunately, lots of those termite pages don’t necessarily deliver anything helpful to you. Some talk utter rubbish. Be very wary out there, particularly where people are trying to sell you stuff.

For the first few years after CSIRO these pages were at Labyrinth and some old links still point there. Please let me know if you find any of those old links. The move to meant I have a lot more control but that move and this update has cost a lot on the Page ranking scale.

When this all began, back at CSIRO, each month only about a thousand people would drop by. Now the site averages thousands of hits per day. I wish that 2 million people would also read my research papers! Please feel free to drop me a note.