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Formosan Subterranean Termite

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Formosan Subterranean Termite
Formosan Subterranean Termite, Adults, worker (top), soldier (bottom) - Gerald J. Lenhard
Scientific Name: 
Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, 1909 (ITIS)
Common Name: 
Formosan subterranean termite (FST), ground termites
Native To: 
Date of U.S. Introduction: 
Means of Introduction: 
Arrived accidentally on ships from the Pacific (Messenger et al. 2002)
Damages landscape trees and causes significant structural damage to buildings (Lax and Osbrink 2003)

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.


Google. YouTube; University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Formosan Subterranean Termite.

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

International Government

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. PestNet.

State and Local Government
County of Los Angeles (California). Agricultural Commissioner. Weights and Measures.
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension.

University of Georgia. Extension.

Bulletin 1209.

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY121

University of Massachusetts Extension. Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program.

Texas A&M University. Center for Urban and Structural Entomology.
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Research and Extension.
University of Georgia. Extension.

Circular 868.

University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Pest Notes are peer-reviewed scientific publications about specific pests or pest management topics, directed at California's home and landscape audiences.

University of Georgia. BugwoodWiki.