Finding the queen termite in your house can be challenging as she is typically well-hidden within the colony’s nest or galleries. The queen’s primary role is to reproduce and lay eggs, and she rarely ventures outside the nest. However, here are some indications that may suggest the presence of a termite queen:

  • Swarmers: Termite swarmers, also known as alates, are winged reproductive termites. They emerge from the colony, usually in large numbers, during certain times of the year to mate and establish new colonies. If you notice swarming termites inside your house or find discarded wings near windowsills, doors, or light sources, it could indicate the presence of a nearby termite queen.
  • Mud tubes: Subterranean termites, which are common in Melbourne, build mud tubes or tunnels to protect themselves while foraging for food. These mud tubes can extend from the ground to the infested area within your house. If you find mud tubes along foundation walls, crawl spaces, or other areas, it suggests the presence of a termite colony and potentially a queen within.
  • Damage patterns: The presence of extensive and ongoing termite damage in your house could indicate the presence of a thriving termite colony, including a queen. Look for signs of damaged or hollow-sounding wood, sagging floors, or walls that appear blistered or have small holes.
  • Moisture accumulation: Termites require moisture to survive. If you have areas in your house with excessive moisture problems, such as leaky pipes, waterlogged areas, or high humidity, it can attract termites and potentially support the presence of a queen within the colony.

It’s important to note that finding the termite queen does not necessarily solve the termite infestation issue on its own. Eliminating a termite colony requires a comprehensive approach that targets the entire colony, including the queen, workers, soldiers, and other members.

If you suspect termite activity or a possible termite queen in your house, it is recommended to contact a licensed pest control professional. The experts at Professional Termite Control Melbourne have the knowledge, experience, and specialized tools to conduct a thorough inspection, identify the extent of the infestation, and develop an appropriate termite treatment plan tailored to your specific situation.