Termites in Louisiana

Termites in Louisiana

Termite Activity in Louisiana

Termites are active across the state, from Shreveport to Monroe and from Lake Charles to Baton Rouge to New Orleans, Louisiana.

What Types of Termites Are in Louisiana? Subterranean termites and drywood termites are known to damage homes in Louisiana.

Are Formosan Termites in Louisiana?

Louisiana homes and buildings sustain more Formosan termite damage each year than homes and buildings in any other state. In the greater New Orleans area alone, residents and businesses spend an estimated $300 million annually to control Formosan termites and repair the damage they cause.

New Orleans is home to Operation Full Stop, a government-funded program designed to help control Formosan termites in the area and share Formosan termite control research with scientists and pest control professionals nationwide. The program has been successful in using bait systems to control Formosan termites in entire neighborhoods, such as the French Quarter.

When Do Termites Swarm in Louisiana?

Because Louisiana is so warm and humid, different species of termites are likely to swarm during most of the year. The swarming habits of the most common species in Louisiana are described below.

  • The eastern subterranean termite typically swarms from February to May. This species typically swarms in the morning hours.
  • The Formosan termite swarms at night during the late spring.
  • The dark southeastern subterranean termite swarms during the day in March and June.
  • The light southeastern subterranean termite swarms during daylight in the fall.
  • The arid-land subterranean termite swarms during the day in the spring and fall.
  • The southeastern drywood termite swarms at night in the spring.
  • The tropical rough-headed drywood termite swarms at night from April to July.
  • The western drywood termite swarms during the day in summer.
  • The dark southern drywood termite swarms during summer afternoons.

More Information about Termites in Louisiana

According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), Louisiana is located in TIP Zone #1 (very heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for termite activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.

In states like Louisiana where termites are very active and widespread, it is essential to maintain an effective termite prevention and control program. If you own a home in Louisiana, talk to your termite control expert about methods to help protect your home from termite infestations and damage.


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February 27, 2019

The 2019 Official Guide to Termite Season in Louisiana

Louisianians are known for being friendly to our guests, friends, and even strangers. But one visitor definitely doesn’t deserve our Southern hospitality: TERMITES. These tiny bugs strike fear in the hearts of many homeowners. To help you prepare, here is your 2019 Official Guide to Termite Season in Louisiana.

Termite Season in Louisiana

In Louisiana, we love our seasons (and our seasonings!). While it’s true we don’t have much of a traditional winter season, we do have Mardi Gras season, crawfish season, and gumbo season to make up for it! But with any perks come some downsides. Every year, we have to deal with hurricane season and, it turns out, termite season. Because as much as we love living in Louisiana, those termites love it too. They thrive in warm, moist environments (if that isn’t a typical Louisiana summer, we don’t know what is). Termites begin to swarm in March and keep at it through July. Louisiana homeowners need a plan in place to protect their property.

Cost Of Termite Control

Sometimes, home ownership seems like a never-ending cycle of bills. We understand the dread of adding yet another invoice to the pile. You already have mortgages, insurance, utilities, maintenance, and probably more. But regular termite control can save you thousands of dollars in the future. It’s a situation best left to the experts and not worth cutting corners. According to a study from the LSU AgCenter , termites affect Louisiana more than any other. Here in the Bayou State, they’re capable of doing more $500 million a year in damage! That puts the cost of a pest control bill into perspective. Your home is too precious to risk.

Termite Inspection, Treatment, and Equipment

Every termite service starts with an inspection of your home and property. Experienced professionals look for signs of termite infestations and any existing damage. Knowing what you’re up against is key to treating it effectively. Specific treatments and equipment are used to address specific termite species and infestations. If your home is all in the clear, then we want to keep that way! Regular termite control keeps your home termite-free and safe from damage.

Termite Warranty

We’re so confident in our termite control, we guarantee it with our home termite warranty . Your home insurance policy doesn’t cover termite damage. To help give you more peace of mind, enlist a yearly termite control service. It assures homeowners that live termites won’t affect your home for a full calendar year. We take that further and guarantee your home against damage up to one million dollars.

Enlist Arceneaux As Your 2019 Official Gu >

For the past 15 years, Arceneaux Pest Management Services has been a leader in Louisiana pest control. Our thousands of customers appreciate our customer service, friendly staff, and guaranteed results. Get in touch or get a quote to see if we’re the right termite control company for you. For more insect information and termite tips, check out our 2018 Official Guide To Termite Season . Concerning termite defense in Louisiana, we’re all in this together!


Termites are back, y’all . it’s that time of year for Formosan swarms in south Louisiana

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Every year termites begin to swarm in south Louisiana as summer approaches.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

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On just the second day of May, homeowners in south Louisiana are already reporting swarms of Formosan subterranean termites.

The winged insects, called alates at this stage, typically swarm to mate and reproduce during early May.

And while this year’s increasingly balmy spring temperatures may have spurred a few early swarms, experts say that’s nothing out of the ordinary.

The largest swarms typically take place in the first two weeks of May, and major swarms can recur every eight to 10 days until the season ends, usually in mid- to late June, Dennis Ring, an entomologist with the LSU AgCenter, told The Advocate last year.

Termites are swarming in Algiers for the first time of 2019. At least, that’s the case in my neighborhood. pic.twitter.com/bjqKTY4ucU

Formosans, which are native to East Asia, were introduced to the U.S. mainland in the 1940s and 1950s, when military ships carrying wooden crates across the Pacific Ocean docked at naval bases across the southern United States, including Camp Leroy Johnson, at what is now the University of New Orleans’ East Campus, and on the West Bank, at the Algiers Naval Support Activity.

That method of transport isn’t so different from how the termites travel today, often making their way across parish and state lines burrowed in lumber and infested wooden railroad stakes.

Because the termites flourish in warmer weather with a certain level of humidity, they are mainly found across the American South, in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and some parts of North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee. Formosans are also found in Hawaii, where they were introduced much earlier than on the U.S. mainland.

New Orleans, which was one of the main introduction sites, remains one of the most heavily infested areas in the state.


When do termites swarm in louisiana

When Does Each Termite Species In Louisiana Swarm?

  • 18th April 2019
  • Pest Control, Termites
  • Robert John
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Since the spring season has finally arrived, termite swarms will become far more frequent in the state of Louisiana. Winged termite swarmers (alates) in the state take the rising spring temperatures as a cue to begin swarming. Unlike subterranean termites, the state’s four drywood termite species do not dwell within soil; intead, they infest individual pieces of wood, making their colonies easier to locate than subterranean termite colonies. Also, drywood termite colonies live in far less populated colonies than subterranean termites, as drywood colonies usually contain between a few hundred to a few thousand individual termites, as opposed to the 50,000 to 3 million termites that dwell within eastern subterranean termite colonies, not to mention Formosan subterranean termite colonies, which can contain as many as 50 million termites. Therefore, the vast majority of termite destruction in Louisiana and elsewhere is perpetrated by subterranean termite species, and the damage they cause is far more extensive in comparison to drywood termite damage.

Most termite control programs are geared solely toward subterranean termites, and these termites are easily the most economically costly in terms of termite treatments and termite damage repairs in Louisiana. While drywood colonies mostly limit their infestations to individual pieces of wood that are out in the open, subterranean colonies cannot be easily monitored, located or quantified due to their cryptic habitat below the soil’s surface. Therefore, subterranean termite swarms serve as the best indicator as to where subterranean termite colonies are located.

The most voracious termite species in Louisiana is the Formosan subterranean termite. Unlike all other termite species in the US, Formosans make a habit out of attacking both structures and numerous tree species. These termites swarm during May and June at dusk. The alates of this species possess a dark brown-colored head with hairy yellowish bodies. The most common termite species, the eastern subterranean termite, swarms during the day in between January and March, and occasionally during the fall in Louisiana. Alates of this species have a dark brown to black body and are slightly smaller than the Formosan. The dark southern subterranean termite swarms during the day during March and April and sometimes during the late fall. Alates of this species closely resemble the eastern subterranean termite, as they have dark-colored bodies, but they are a bit smaller in size.

Have you ever properly found a dead termite alate or its wings within your home?


Early termite swarms are not new to south Louisiana

(04/18/17) BATON ROUGE, La. — Many south Louisiana residents expect to see the first major termite swarm around Mother’s Day, but an LSU AgCenter expert says earlier swarms are not unusual.

Dennis Ring, AgCenter entomologist, said he has been receiving calls from homeowners concerned about seeing Formosan subterranean termites swarming.

“What you are seeing is termites in the process of forming new colonies,” Ring said. “If you see a few termites in your house, you shouldn’t worry too much.”

Termites have to have a water source. “If you’re not seeing mud tunnels, there is not much to worry about because they will die,” Ring said.

Formosan subterranean termites are believed to have entered the U.S. on ships returning after World War II.

“Pretty much every parish south of Alexandria has infestations of these termites,” Ring said. “Monroe is probably about the northernmost boundary for these pests because they are unable to survive the colder temperatures in areas north of there.”

Ring said native termites can start to swarm as early as January. Formosan termites usually show up in the spring and swarm through late summer.

“If you are seeing termites swarming at night, the best thing to do is to turn your outside lights off and the termites will leave,” Ring said.

Ring said residents who see termites swarming around their homes can avoid potential damage by having their structure treated.

“You should contact your LSU AgCenter agent to identify what type of termites you have, and then contact an exterminator to treat your structure,” Ring said.

Formosan Subterranean Termites. (LSU AgCenter file photo)


Termite swarming season is just around the corner in Southwest Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Spring is in full swing, and that means warmer weather and lots of things blooming, including swarms of termites.

“They’re coming,” said Robert Soileau with J&J Exterminating.

He said termites are currently developing into swarmers, and by May will be out in full force.

There are some things you can do to protect your home ahead of swarming season.

“Make sure you don’t have any gutters that are staying clogged all the time, make sure you don’t have any boards around the roofing area where the woods rotting, because of water,” said Soileau.

He said termites mostly swarm around dusk, so when the sun is setting, close your doors and turn off your lights so they won’t be attracted to your home.

If you think they might already be in your home, there are ways to tell for sure.

“You can find, sometimes, a swarm castle is what we call them, it’s where the dirt starts coming through the wall, that’s a sure sign that there’s an immediate problem and that needs to be addressed,” Soileau said.

If you do think you have an infestation, Soileau said don’t try to handle it yourself.

Your best move is to contact a professional.

“Spraying before the pest control company gets there messes it up, because we can’t see what was going on, because it killed those termites,” Soileau said.

He said the most important thing is to be proactive.

If left untreated, the damage to your home can be irreversible.

“They can do a lot of damage. I’ve seen entire sides of homes destroyed because of them,” Soileau said.

There are different types of termites in Louisiana, and different types cause different levels of damage.

According to the LSU AgCenter, the two main types of termites in the state are subterranean and drywood.

The subterranean termites are divided into two subgroups: native subterranean termites and Formosan subterranean termites.

Subterranean termites can be found in wood and soil, where as drywood are found in, as the name suggests, dry wood.

Drywoods also have teeth at the ends of their mandibles, where subterranean do not.

As far as native versus Formosan, Soileau said Formosan will do more damage quicker, because they have more termites in their colonies.

But no matter the type, now is the time to prepare for them.

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Baton Rouge chews its way onto list of most termite-infested cities in the U.S.

Not among the top 50, however, is New Orleans, which historically has had a problem with Formosan termites

BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) – Termites literally can eat your home from out from under you, and Baton Rouge is one of the most termite-infested cities in the nation, Terminix says.

The pest control company’s rankings, based on the number of termite treatments per household in the past year, rate Baton Rouge at #3 on Terminix’s list of the 50 worst cities for termites.

Shreveport (24) and Lafayette (43) also are on the list, which was released as part of Termite Awareness Week.

Not among the top 50, however, is New Orleans, which historically has had a problem with Formosan termites. Formosan termites annually cause more damage to houses and buildings in Louisiana than homes and buildings in any other state, according to Orkin. That pest control firm says New Orleans area residents and businesses spend an estimated $300 million annually to control Formosan termites and repair termite damage. The Crescent City also is home to Operation Full Stop, a government-funded program that has had success using bait systems to control Formosan termites in neighborhoods such as the French Quarter.


Louisiana Termite Season and Treatments

Termite Season in Louisiana

Louisiana is known for its generally warm, humid weather and mild winters. This means that pests tend to be a problem for the majority of the year, and their down time during the winter is short lived. One of the pests that benefits most from our warm weather and short winters is the termite.

The Perfect Climate

Termites thrive in warm, humid environments, meaning our area is the perfect place for termites to establish colonies. It is important to know that termites are a year-round threat. Once a colony has invaded your home, they will continue to feast upon the wood and other materials. Termites only leave once they’ve depleted their food source and their colony has grown too large to remain in one place. Here’s where some questions come in:

Termite Season Depends on Weather

As you now know, termites are a year-round problem. However, there is a “termite season.” Termite season is generally considered to start when the termites begin to swarm.

Termite swarms primarily depend on one thing: weather. Once the weather has warmed up following winter, mature colonies who are outgrowing their current home will swarm to a larger, more suitable place. Since termites don’t thrive during cold, dry weather, most colonies will stay in place until the weather is warm enough for the entire colony (young and old) to make the journey to a new place. The most suitable places for termites to live typically contain or are made of wood, and they’ll contain some level of moisture. Knowing that moisture is important to termite diet and colony success, it makes sense that rain and higher humidity levels will prompt greater termite activity.

So, most termite and pest control specialists will agree that termite season is marked by termite swarms which most frequently occur after early Spring rains.

April Showers Bring May. Termite Swarms.

Swarms will occur in Early Spring, facilitated by warm, rainy weather. So, you should expect that termite season could begin as early as April each year. Our weather this year has, indeed, been warm and rainy. It’s likely that you’ll start to notice a little termite activity relatively soon. Once termites really start swarming, you’ll know that it’s termite season.

You should prepare for termite season prior to the swarms!

Preparing for Termite Season

Though you can’t prevent termite swarms, you can protect your home so that termites won’t easily find a way to invade it.

Protecting your home against termites:

  • Pick up loose pieces of wood which touch the ground: termites like wood, soil, and moisture. If you have wood laying on the ground, or if you have wood which touches the ground and your home at the same time, you should try to create some distance.
  • Prevent moisture from accumulating near your foundation: make sure drainage around your foundation is good. Check gutters, gutter downspouts, and flower beds for proper drainage.
  • Be cautious in your use of mulch: using mulch is important in landscaping, as it helps your flower beds retain moisture, can help prevent a variety of plant diseases, and looks great. But, there’s the problem: mulch retains moisture. It’s a good idea to use only as much mulch as you need (usually, about 3 inches) above your topsoil or dirt.
  • Check crawl spaces and spaces beneath your home for moisture: make sure the space beneath your home drains well and does not accumulate too much moisture. If you believe the space beneath your home may be holding too much moisture, there are ways to reduce it.

The best way to prevent termite infestations is to keep wood in good repair, to reduce the simplicity of termites entering cracks, and to professionally treat your home.

Bayou Cajun Termite and Pest Control can treat your home so that termites don’t become a problem. Contact us today for your termite treatment!


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