Termite or ‘white ant’ infestations treatment and prevention in houses. does one have termites in or around your home?. Many insects are confused with termites, especially ants. Termites are sometimes mentioned as ‘white ants’ due to their pale appearance. Initially, termites have a crucial role within the forest ecosystem as they break down cellulose. However, when their natural food source is eliminated, termites replace it with anything made from or containing cellulose. And, cellulose is usually found in dead wood and wood by-products which leads the termite on to your home.