Commonly found throughout Australia - particularly in
urban areas or where eucalypt gum trees are highly prevalent.
Nest Location - Coptotermes acinaciformis are a very secretive termite
species; they build their nest out of sight, often within the base of eucalyptus
or other susceptible trees, or completely under the ground; often within an enclosed
patio or under concrete on ground flooring which is ideal for moisture retention,
temperature and humidity control within the termite colony's central nest. Coptotermes
acinaciformis can also construct subsidiary nests away from the main colony nest.
A subsidiary nest can be contained in a wall cavity of a building where there
is a reliable moisture source, for example, from a leaking shower recess or faulty
guttering or rusted down pipes.
Destructive Nature - Coptotermes acinaciformis are highly destructive
to buildings and other timber structures. They are the most widely distributed
and destructive timber pest in Australia, accounting for more than 70% of the
serious damage to buildings in New South Wales. A single colony may consist of
more than one million termites. A most voracious timber pest ... one to be taken