Spring has sprung, but so have termites

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – As the warmer months are approaching, pest control companies say so is the threat of termites

Jeremy Seaton, owner of River City Termites & Pest Control, says we experience two swarm seasons for two different kinds of termites. 

The native subterranean termites for the first to swarm, “anytime the temperature gets over 80 degrees in February or March, those termites will start to swarm,” Seaton says. These termites will swarm for 3-4 months and are black in color.

Formosan termites swarm begins mid-April and they are yellow in color. 

“The two biggest difference between those termites is the volume in which they reproduce. The natives will only have about 200,000 to 400,000 per colony, and the Formosans will have 10 to 13 million per colony,” Seaton says.

“At evening time, especially for the Formosans, when they’re flying over your house and they look down the house, your plumbing vent pipes actually glow. So they’re attracted to that pipe, and as soon as they drop down that pipe, they come out inside your bathroom,” Seaton says.

It is not only the termites inside of your home that you should be concerned about. Seaton says, “to give you an idea in Louisiana for every half-acre of land, we have 200,000 [native] termites. Well, for every half-acre of land, with Formosans, you have 10 million.”

“When these termites land, they form new colonies everywhere they land. So just because you’re seeing termites in your house, the real threat comes from your yard,” he says. 

But your home is not the only target, Seaton says, “trees are susceptible to termites, just like your house… I’m starting to have a lot of customers call because what’s happening is the termites get in the tree, they eat the tree, we get a storm and the tree falls down and then they discovered that it was full of termites.”

He says many people who have a contract for termite control do not realize that their contract does not have a warranty for termite damage. “The company is only responsible to retreat the property, you know, what good does that do a homeowner,” he says. 

While he says some do-it-yourself treatments can work, nothing is as good as having a professional treat your home and the best time to get prepared is now. 

“The termite pressures that our own houses in Baton Rouge is only getting worse because as each year passes where they have different swarm seasons, they get larger and larger and they keep moving further out from where they originated from,” he says. 

For more information on River City Termites & Pest Control, visit their website HERE

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