We don’t see many Formosan subterranean termites in Austin, Texas, but they still exist in Texas. The Formosan subterranean termite acquired its name because it was first described in Taiwan (as known as Formosa) in the early 20th century. Since 1960s it has been found in Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina. In 1980s, they have been reported from eleven states including: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Their distribution would probably continue to be restricted to southern areas of the United States because the eggs will not hatch below about 20°C (68 °F).
Formosan subterranean termite is considered as one of the most aggressive and economically devastating termite species in the world. Like other subterranean termites, Formosan termites feed on wood and other materials that contain cellulose.