With Spring in Bloom, Unfortunately Termites Loom. Understanding the Different Types of Termites in Your Home Can Help You Move Forward with a Treatment Plan.
As temperatures start to rise again, the threat of termites in homes return. In South Louisiana, the warm temperatures and high humidity levels make Baton Rouge a prime location for termite infestations. Termite damage can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, ruin solid wood, and risk causing foundation collapse.
How termites invade homes depends on the type of termite. When it comes to observing termite behavior and eliminating the problem at the source, Delta Pest Services is the termite expert. The two most common types of termites in Louisiana are the Eastern subterranean termites and Formosan termites. Each has their own unique way of entering homes against any homeownerâ€™s wishes.
Two ways Formosan and Eastern Subterranean Termites Invade your home
Two of the most common species of termites in South Louisiana are the Formosan and Eastern subterranean termites. They both live underground and create mud tubes, which they use as a damp tunnel system to travel from place to place. Through these underground tunnels, subterranean termites create a pathway to a homeâ€™s foundation. Once these pesky insects reach the foundation, they look for any crack or small opening that will allow them to enter and continue building their mud tunnels into the wooden structures of the house.
The second way they enter the home is through a swarm, which generally occurs in earlyÂ spring. Eastern subterranean termites typically swarm in South Louisiana starting at the end of February and continuing through the end of March. They usually swarm in daylight hours. Formosan termites typically swarm around the first of May and will last through the end of the month. Formosan termite swarms predominately happen at night, and they are attracted to street lights and lights inside homes in the area they are swarming. Formosan termites swarming in and around lights are a strong indication that there is a Formosan infestation in the immediate area.
How You Can Prevent Termites in Your Home
Termite control requires a two-sided approach. You must both prevent new termites from making their way into your home and also treat known colonies to halt their growth. First, cut off access points by sealing gaps around water and gas lines. Try to reduce wood-to-ground contact points around your house. These access points essentially serve as termite highways for easy entry into your home.
Next, reduce food sources to help combat termite spread in and around your house. This means removing dead trees, firewood, and rotted out fence posts. Make sure that the soil in your flower beds is not above the top of your concrete slab or touching the brick or stucco. Also, be vigilant about doing the maintenance on your home. Unclog stopped-up gutters and repair rotten wood on the fascia boards, the soffits, and around the windows. Lastly, be vigilant in monitoring possible termite activity on your property. If you suspect termite activity, call a professional like Delta Pest Services to handle the situation safely and effectively.
Professional Termite Control
Calling a professional pest control service like Delta Pest Services means you can cross termites off your list of worries. As experts, we can quickly assess, diagnose, and treat any termite concerns, questions, and needs. Weâ€™ve seen colonies big and small, so give us a call today if youâ€™re currently fighting the termite fight.