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Termite Information

There are over 300 different species of termites. We can help identify termites at your property. If they are one of the destructive four outlined below we can start a treatment plan. Information regarding these four destructive termites found on the Central Coast and in Sydney.


Coptotermes infest 85 percent of Australian trees, so they are Australia wide. They enter trees through their roots and it is their "tree piping" that produces the raw materials for didgeridoos. They are experts at attacking buildings both hard and soft wood.

Soldiers: Length 4.5-6.5 mm and head are pear shaped and round laterally, There is a milky exudate from the fontanelle on the anterior part of the head. No teeth are apparent on the mandible. These aggressive soldiers can forage on up to 220 trees simultaneously. They can travel underground about 50-70 metres from the parent colony in search of food. They avoid light and work under cover.

Nests: may be a mound, inside a tree or in the ground. they have densely populated colonies often exceeding 500 000 individuals. 

Coptotermes acinaciformis are the most destructive termite species in Australia. They attack all types of timber structures and damage forests, ornamental and fruit trees. Soil contact is desirable for them but not essential, provided that it has an assured moisture supply and security in its habitat. Colonies have been found on the top of multi-storey buildings where there is a constant water supply but no ground contact. Large colonies have also been found inside moisture being supplied through the timber from fresh and salt water. Coptotermes acinaciformis have caused many fires and power/communication interruptions by damaging cable sheathing. 

Most destructive termite in Australia


Schedorhinotermes intermedium are found Australia wide. They are close behind the coptotermes in causing economic damage properties and the environment.

Soldiers: there are two sizes of folders major (length 5-7 mm and minor length 3-5 mm. Minor solders live in smaller colonies. However, once the nest is well established, major solders appear, increasing potential for more rapid timber damage. The timber becomes distinctively loose honeycomb shape from them eating it. Biting can take longer with schedorhinotermes as they only moult twice a year.

Nests: they are almost always below the ground and are difficult to find, therefore, the nests can be under houses, under filled-in patios, in fireplaces, trees and tree stumps.

Don't disturb Schedorhinotermes Termites! They are very timid and if disturbed, they usually abandon their workings. They may reopen and return to the gallery weeks later or maybe never. Disturbing this species often means they will just attack from another direction.

Don't distub Schedorhinotermes - Very Shy


Nasutitermes exitorsus are common in New South Wales and Canberra. 

Soldiers: they have dark heads, pointed at the front. Solders are the defenders of the colony and are also wingless and sterile. They have hard heads and are armed with a long hallow snout through which they squirt a sticky thread to entangle invaders.

Workers: they are also wingless and sterile and comprise of 90 per cent or more of the colony. As their name implies they do the work gathering the food caring for the eggs, feeding the reproductives (e.g. the King and Queen) and the young tunnelling and building.

Nasutitermes termites can do extensive damage to buildings. Termites feed on plant material but only a few kinds eat sound timber, thus causing damage to buildings and fences and similar structures.

Can do extensive damage to buildings


Heterotermes are found throughout Australia. This species is often encountered attacking posts, poles, fencing and even flooring of houses. Weathered flooring such as in timber decking and fences, is a favoured feeding site for them. They do not build mounds but form small colonies adjacent to other termite species. 

Soldiers: they are 4.75mm long and have parallel-sided heads and prominent dark mandibles. The soldiers are not as courageous as other termites species as they do not build mounds or have extensive gallery systems.

Workers and Soldiers: both move slowly and have slender bodies compared with Coptotermes. they plaster a mud mixture over their workings. The surface of affected timber once the mud has been removed has a mottled appearance.

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