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Efforts Under Way To Prevent Spread Of Formosan Subterranean Termites In Mulch From Louisiana Following Hurricanes Katrina And Rita
Efforts are under way to prevent the spread of Formosan subterranean termites in mulch from New Orleans and Louisiana following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It is true that there is a lot of cellulose debris (wood, paper and their products) in Louisiana following these two hurricanes.

Tree Inspection Video
Trees on Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans.

A short video demonstrating how to inspect a tree for the presence of Formosan subterranean termites.

Swarmers
Winged Formosan Alate

Information about Formosan subterranean termite alates and their annual mating flight.

Mating Flight
Annual Formosan alate mating flight.

This is a short video showing typical swarming behavior of Formosan subterranean termite alates during their annual mating flight.

Formosan Subterranean Termite Soldiers
Formosan subterranean termite soldier
Additional information about the habits and identification of Formosan subterranean termite soldiers.
Formosan Subterranean Termite Identification & Biology
Formosan Subterranean Termite Identification & Biology
One important key for successful management of a pest is to identify it. This publication can help you differentiate between ants and the dry-wood and subterranean termites that are pests in Louisiana. It also contains specific information on Formosan subterranean termites.
Mean Alate Catches: New Orleans
Bar graph
The yearly flights of the Formosan termite have fluctated in numbers caught in light traps among the years.
Links
Provides additional links for information on termites.
Quarantine On Wood, Cellulose Material After Hurricanes Katrina And Rita
The commissioner of agriculture in Louisiana imposed a quarantine for the Formosan subterranean termite on October 3, 2005, in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. The Formosan subterranean termite is the most destructive insect in Louisiana.
Supertermites
bar graph of colony size difference between Formosan and native subterranean termites
Formosan subterranean termites are more aggressive and cause more damage than native subterranean termite species because of special biological attributes.
Comparison of Native and Formosan Subterranean Termites Biology, Ecology and Methods of Control
Formosan and subterranean termite biology, ecology and behavior are compared and contrasted.
Alate Swarm
Winged Formosan subterranean termite
Formosan subterranean termites swarm annually from well established colonies each April through July. LSU Agricultural Center researchers have collected numbers and maintained records on daily flights and total swarmers caught in light traps in and around New Orleans since 1989. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating flights by Formosan termites may lead to better control measures in the future.
Recognizing Types of Termites
Termite alates
Identifying to species, recognizing problems and having a sound knowledge of control techniques can help in solving a termite problem.
How can I tell if I have Formosan termites in my house?
photo of slab construction
Learn how to inspect and treat your home for Formosan subterranean termites.
LSAM Identification Service