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(04/18/17) Louisiana residents expect to see the first major termite swarm around Mother’s Day, but an LSU AgCenter expert says early swarms are not unusual.
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.
Landscaping practices may increase the risk of subterranean termites attacking a structure and of spreading formosan subterranean termites. Concepts on reducing the risks of termites during landscaping are presented.
Test home page for Termites.
Cleaning up wood debris after a hurricane or other severe windstorm can spread one of Louisiana’s most destructive pests – the Formosan subterranean termite.
Contact information for LSU AgCenter termite professionals.
A short video demonstrating how to inspect a tree for the presence of Formosan subterranean termites.
Information about Formosan subterranean termite alates and their annual mating flight.
This is a short video showing typical swarming behavior of Formosan subterranean termite alates during their annual mating flight.
Additional information about the habits and identification of Formosan subterranean termite soldiers.
Describes the behavior and biology unique to the Formosan subterranean termite.
Termite colonies contain different castes, which are responsible for specific taskes in the colony.
Termites may eat wood, but they could not do it alone.
Includes images and descriptions of subterranean termites that are indigenous to Louisiana.
Describes the taxonomic identity of termites.
LSU AgCenter scientists continue to add weapons to their arsenal as they battle the spread of the Formosan subterranean termite. And they’re making headway. This pest voraciously consumes wooden structures and woody plants and causes millions of dollars in damages.
Treatments for termites must be integrated with proper maintenance. Eliminate as many conditions conducive to termite infestations as possible by following the five general categories of rules.
Provides additional links for information on termites.
Wood to ground contact can bring termites into a structure.
This article describes a stainless steel mesh that may be used as a barrier preventing termites from entering structures around specific routes of entry .
Formosan subterranean termites are more aggressive and cause more damage than native subterranean termite species because of special biological attributes.
Identifying to species, recognizing problems and having a sound knowledge of control techniques can help in solving a termite problem.
Learn how to inspect and treat your home for Formosan subterranean termites.
Landscaping practices may increase the risk of subterranean termites attacking a structure and of spreading Formosan subterranean termites. Information is presented on the types of woody plants that termites attack and methods of inspection.
Termites can’t hold their breath forever, although they have a capacity to live under water for a significant amount of time, according to a world-renowned termite expert. That means termites in areas flooded by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina may not be as prevalent as they have been for a while – offering a small grain of good news among the massive destruction.
Formosan subterranean termites, unlike most subterranean termite species, will build nests above and below ground. Understanding how the weather affects Formosan subterranean termites may lead to improvements in ways to manage them.