This species of termite is common throughout Victoria, Canberra and parts of New South Wales particularly in urban areas or where eucalypt trees are abundant. They construct low above ground mounds of various sizes and in Northern Victoria it nests underground. They can cause severe damage to timber buildings and structures. The Nasutitermes soldiers are approx. 4 – 5 mm long and have distinctive pear shaped heads that are drawn out into a long snout from which they exude a thin milky substance when threatened.