There are three main types of termites in Australia, each of which favour different environments.
Subterranean termites thrive in damp, enclosed spaces where they can maintain their humid environment, as close to cellulose-rich food sources as possible. Cellulose is found in all plants, and while termites can eat grass and leaves, they favour dead and decaying wood as it gives them both sustenance and moisture.
As cold-blooded insects vulnerable to desiccation, termites need reliably warm and wet conditions to survive. Subtropical climates such as the Sunshine Coast have regularly high temperatures and humidity, making them the ideal termite environment for subterranean termites.
Buderim and the surrounding hinterland townships are particularly susceptible to termite infestations due to the area’s leafy surroundings and high buysoma rainfall, which can prematurely weaken chemical barriers against termites, and also force them from their bushland nests towards civilisation.