Your home isn’t the only thing at risk from Louisiana’s aggressive Formosan termites

May 30, 2017By

May is peak season for a notoriously aggressive termite species common in our area – the Formosan termite. The warm, damp weather means it’s time for termites to swarm, which is why you see so many of these nasty pests flying around streetlamps and porch lights at this time of year. Swarms of termites are looking for the perfect place to build a colony, find food, and reproduce – very likely in your home or yard!

Of course termites can cause damage to your home or other wooden structures like sheds, garages, or decks. Keeping moisture and dirt away from wood structures is an important step in preventing termites. But did you know that termite infestations can often start in trees on your property?

Trees make great termite food

Termites eat wood, and the trees near your home can be a gateway snack for hungry swarms of termites.

What attracts termites to some trees?

Poor tree health. Lack of moisture, bad soil conditions, or storm damage can weaken trees, making them more attractive to swarming Formosan termites. Preventing infestation is much easier than repairing the major damage these pests can cause, and now is the time to make sure you’re keeping any nearby swarms from building a colony in YOUR yard or home.

Spot Formosan termites before they colonize your yard

  • Check around the around the base of trees – termites there will be easy to spot
  • Watch for mud trails starting at the ground and leading toward the house or up the trunk
  • Check around the base of branches, where termites can chew through and weaken limbs
  • Any areas with scarring can be especially susceptible to Formosan termites

If you suspect Formosan termites, contact Fischer to protect your home and prevent damage before it happens.

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