All About Queen Termites

Termite Facts : Starting with the Queen

There’s plenty of interesting facts about termites that most of us may or may not want to know… the most interesting of all of them is the fact the Queen Termite is actually incredibly rare to find. She remains in a secret location to ensure she can produce thousands of nymphs (baby termites) per day. Yes, thousands! Scary!

She’s a beaut and a big beauty at that. In some species the queen termite may even live for 25 years. That’s a lot of baby termites being produced, enjoying thaving dinner on your home or office wooden features.

Here’s a few interesting Termite facts:

  • Termites are commonly called white ants
  • Approximately 2,500 termite species around the world
  • A large termite nest may contain several million termites
  • They’re harder workers than us – working an astonishing 24 hours a day
  • Termites have a caste structure which includes a queen, king, worker termites and soldier termites

So, what role does the Queen play?

In the termite world, the queen is responsible for laying eggs to sustain the colony’s growth & survival. She produces thousands of eggs per day.

She lives a luxurous life after first finding a male termite to partner with, setting up the nest, and then producing nympths. After such time the Queen termite & King termite are groomed and fed by the worker termites.

The worker termites enter the royal cell though small openings of the hard protective wall. The queen will produce eggs at a steady rate throughout the day and the worker termites move the eggs to inubation chambers. Thus, making it a very rare find to even locate a Queen termite, yet we have and we’re very excited about this find.

How can we help?

Give one of our friendly team a call to discuss your termite treatment needs and we will come around to provide you with a child and pet-friendly pest control treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for an answer to a common question? Read through some of our most commonly asked questions.
Which pests are covered in a General Pest Treatment?
Cockroaches (both large and small), spiders (all kinds) ants, silverfish and rodents.
What areas do you spray?
All areas are covered in our pest sprays without exclusion. This will include all applicable areas externally, internally, gardens, pathways, letterbox, driveway, windows, eaves, guttering, weep holes, garage, sheds, cubby houses, washing lines, subfloor, roof void, storage areas and fences. We also use cockroach bait in kitchen cupboard hinges.
We do not spray fruit trees or herb gardens, fish ponds and fish tanks. Please advise our technician of any area you would like excluded before commencement.
What if it is raining or too windy?
 If the forecast is for rain it’s best to reschedule. We need enough time for the external spray to fully dry for it to be effective. If it is forecast to rain not long after the treatment we will call you to reschedule. If it is windy we may also need to reschedule as we cannot control our spray and it may pose a risk to our technician or your neighbours.
Do we need to leave the house?
Generally, you can be home while we spray. We ask you keep some footwear on for at least two hours and stay inside.
Pregnant women and young children must vacate for two hours.
What do we need to do to prepare?
Internally – We spray around all skirting boards, please move loose items at least 30cm from the wall or onto tables or beds. It is not necessary to move large pieces of furniture. The more coverage we can achieve the more effective the spray will be. We don’t use anything airborne internally so there is no need to cover benches or other sensitive areas.
Externally – Ensure pet toys and bowls are put away, children toys should be neat and tidy all in the the one area so we can create a ‘safe zone’ that isn’t exposed to any spray. Please remove all washing from clothes lines.
Is it safe for pets?
 Yes we ensure your pets are safe, our staff have tarpaulins on board for bird and rabbit hutches. We make sure pet bowls are turned upside down before we start spraying and ask for any pet toys to be put away. The pets can be stored in an area like the garage or laundry whilst the rest of the house is treated then released after one hour or alternatively if they can be taken out of the house for 1-2 hours, it will be safe when they return. During the warmer months the external spray dries within 10 minutes so if we start outside the pets can be let into the yard when we start spraying internally.
Is it safe for children?
We ensure that your children are safe, this is achieved with safe practices and the use of the safest products used in the correct areas. No children’s play equipment or toys are sprayed with residual products. We have a non-residual aerosol we can use to treat spiders and other pests in these areas. We also have a company policy not to spray a house with anyone pregnant or young children inside.
Do I need to clean the floors after?
No it is not necessary to clean the floors, our internal water based spray is microencapsulated meaning once it is fully dry it is safe, it is recommended you do not mop the floors for 48 hours after our spray.
Do you provide discounts?
Yes we provide pensioner discounts, discounts for combining a number of our services, discounts for getting a number of houses sprayed at the same time, we also lock in pricing for annual customers. Ask our office about further specials that relate to payment methods and online reviews.
What other services do you provide?
We also offer termite inspections and treatments, possum control/removal, rodent proofing and bed bugs treatments, speak to our friendly staff for more information.
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