Overview of Louisiana & Mississippi Termites Found on the Gulf Coast
Termites are one of the most damaging and costly pests we face, causing a huge amount of monetary damage each year as they devour homes and businesses across the Gulf Coast, causing problems and extensive damage throughout the southernmost regions of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Arming yourself with a bit of knowledge about these pests can go a long way in giving you a greater understanding of what types of termites are commonly found along the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast anywhere from Ocean Springs to New Orleans, and what you can do if you are seeing signs of termite damage.
Termites Found Along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast
Due to our damp, warm and moist conditions, the Gulf Coast region is prime territory for three predominant categories of termite, each of which is capable of causing a substantial amount of property damage. However, knowing which type of termites they are facing always helps our pest control company know the best course of action and treatments to utilize.
- The Subterranean Termite: These termites live underground, and they might not even be directly on the property where they are feeding. They will sometimes utilize mud tubes through which they can crawl and reach their food sources. Bait treatment and soil treatment tend to do a good job with these types of termites.
- The Formosan Termite: The Formosan termite is larger, lives in massive colonies, and has a greater appetite than the other termites. They are able to eat through wood at a much faster rate, and that can make them more dangerous to your home or place of work. It is usually the Formosan termite that swarms throughout our Gulf Coast area in the late spring and early summer months and is often mistaken for flying ants.
- The Drywood Termite: Locally, these termites are a bit rarer than the other two species. These hearty termites are called “drywood” because unlike the other two types of termites mentioned, they do not need a regular source of water to survive as they are able to take what they need right out of the atmosphere.
How Do Termites Live?
Termites are social insects which mean they live in colonies. The colonies can vary in size from several thousand, all the way up to sixty million in the case of the Formosan termite. In the colonies, the termites will fall into various roles, or castes, each with a different job to do. The workers are going to locate food, feed the colony and take care of the young. The soldiers protect the colony. The third caste is the reproducer. These termites have wings, and they will eventually fly away from the colony so that they can drop their wings and mate. This is how they start their own new colonies.
When the reproducers fly away, they do so in vast numbers called a swarm. Large colonies might have several thousand of these reproducers in a single swarm. Different types of termites may swarm at different times, but they generally will start in the spring. However, depending on the weather and the need, they could swarm even in the fall of the year.
The colonies are going to vary greatly in size. They could have only a few thousand termites in them. In the case of the Formosan termites though, there could be millions of the creatures in a colony just waiting for the chance to eat you out of house and home quite literally. It is generally going to be impossible for most homeowners to accurately determine the size of a colony or the extent of the damage that they could be doing, which is why we recommend calling a professional at the first sign of termites or damage for a proper assessment.
Successful Termite Control Methods
While do it yourself treatment methods may sound appealing due to advertised cost savings, termite damage to your home or business can cost much, much more. Using our 60 years of experience, Fischer Environmental has developed a highly effective termite treatment and prevention program which consists of:
- A professional termite inspection to determine the types of termites present, assess the level of infestation and recommend the best treatment options.
- Pre-treatment of the soil and surrounding structures using Borate (Bora-Care)
- Ongoing termite control using the Sentricon Colony Elimination System which features state of the art termite baiting technology. This type of treatment system is not only effective, but safe for the environment as well.
- Fischer’s Ultimate Guarantee – 100% Satisfaction
What Should You Do if You See Termite Damage?
Make no mistake, a termite colony of any type and size could damage your home or business greatly. At the first signs of termite present, or if you notice any damage to the wood in or around your home, call us today to schedule a free inspection. Don’t delay, as every day you wait those termites can continue to cause damage to your property.