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Formosan Subterranean Termite

Formosan Subterranean TermiteScientific name: Coptotermes formosanus (Shiraki)

Common names: Formosan subterranean termite, ground termites

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Native To: China (Hu 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1960s (Messenger et al. 2002)

Images: Invasive.org and Google

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Means of Introduction: Arrived accidentally on ships from the Pacific (Messenger et al. 2002)

Impact: Competes with native species; causes structural damage to buildings (Hu 2003)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southeast U.S. (Map)

Management Plans: Animals

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

National Formosan Subterranean Termite Program: Operation Full Stop
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; E-mail warns that buying mulch from home improvement stores may spread the Formosan subterranean termite. Distribution; Controls

Coptotermes formosanus Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Formosan Subterranean Termite Research - Project Description/Mission and Formosan Subterranean Termite Research Unit
USDA. ARS. Southern Regional Research Center.
Controls; Research

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State Government

Formosan Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes formosanus) (PDF | 283 KB)
County of Los Angeles (California). Agricultural Commissioner. Weights and Measures.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution

Formosan Termite Initiative
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
Photographs; Impacts; Special Notes: Presentation and Video

National Termite Survey
State of Louisiana. New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Controls (Monitoring); Special Notes: Current Distribution of the Formosa Subterranean Termite and Other Termite Species in Louisiana (PDF | 103 KB) and U.S. Distribution

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University/Academic

Formosan Subterranean Termites, ANR-1035 (Jul 2001)
Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Formosan Subterranean Termite
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Identification/ Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Formosan Subterranean Termite - Featured Creatures
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

The Formosan Subterranean Termite in Georgia
University of Georgia - Griffin. Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Urban Pest Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls

The Formosan Subterranean Termite
University of Georgia. BugwoodWiki.
Identification/Description; Illustrations; Introduction History; Special Note: Includes bibliography

Termite Project
University of Hawai'i - Manoa. Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Research; Special Note: Cooperative Extension Publications

Formosan Subterranean Termites
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Research and Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Impacts; Habitat; Controls; Research

Termites - Louisiana House
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Research and Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Controls

Formosan Termites
Mississippi State University. Coastal Research and Extension Center. Extension Station.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Formosan Subterranean Termite
Texas A&M University. Center for Urban and Structural Entomology.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Habitat

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International

Coptotermes formosanus - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Coptotermes formosanus (insect) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Coptotermes formosanus
Discover Life.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Formosan subterranean termite
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Formosan subterranean termite
Invasive.org.
Taxonomy; Photographs

Formosan Subterranean Termites
Termite.com.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Distribution

Coptotermes formosanus
TexasInvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Legal Aspects

Citations

Hu, X.P. 2003. Formosan Subterranean Termites. Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities. Alabama Cooperative Extension System. ANR-135.

Messenger, M.T., Su, N.Y. and Scheffrahn, R.H. 2002. Current Distribution of the Formosan Subterranean Termite and Other Termite Species in Louisiana (PDF | 103 KB). Florida Entomologist, Vol. 84, No. 5.

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Last Modified: Nov 26, 2013
 
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