Termites in Melbourne are primarily attracted to factors such as moisture, food sources (cellulose-based materials), and favorable nesting conditions. While the general preferences and behaviors of termites are consistent across species, it’s important to note that different termite species may have specific habitat preferences. Here are some key factors that attract termites in Melbourne, along with some differentiating characteristics between common termite species:


Termites require moisture to survive and thrive. Moist environments are highly attractive to them. Areas with high humidity, excessive moisture, or poor drainage can create favorable conditions for termites. Some species, like subterranean termites, rely on soil moisture for survival and require contact with the ground to build their nests.

Food sources: 

Termites feed on cellulose-containing materials, such as wood, paper, and plant debris. Any structures or materials containing cellulose can attract termites. Common examples include wooden structures, timber debris, tree stumps, firewood, and untreated wooden fences. Termites may also target sources of moisture-damaged wood, as it becomes more susceptible to their feeding.

Nesting conditions: 

Different termite species have distinct nesting preferences. Subterranean termites, which are prevalent in Melbourne, typically build their nests in the soil, often near a reliable moisture source. They construct mud tubes to travel from the ground to their food sources. Drywood termites, on the other hand, create nests within the wood itself, without requiring direct contact with the soil.

Seasonal variations: 

Termite activity can vary seasonally, particularly during warmer months when environmental conditions are more conducive to their activity. In Melbourne, termite activity tends to be more prevalent during spring and summer, as these seasons provide optimal temperature and moisture conditions for termites. However, it’s important to note that termites can remain active year-round in protected environments.

The below is not an extensive list all the suburbs impacted heavily, but here are just some suburbs in Melbourne that are well known for having termite activity:

  • Brighton
  • Doncaster
  • Essendon
  • Glen Waverley
  • Hawthorn
  • Kew
  • Malvern
  • Mornington
  • Oakleigh
  • Point Cook
  • Reservoir
  • St Kilda
  • Templestowe
  • Werribee
  • Yarraville


These suburbs are mentioned based on general observations, and it’s important to note that termite activity can occur in various locations within Melbourne. Local factors, such as microclimates, soil types, and proximity to water sources, can also influence termite presence within specific suburbs. To assess termite activity and risk accurately, it is advisable to consult with local pest control professionals or conduct specific termite inspections for your property or the desired suburb. If you think you have a problem with termites don’t hesitate to call to book a termite inspection of your property. Call the experts at Professional Termite Control Melbourne Today.