Termites FAQ

"Because we are at ground zero for the Formosan termite, every home owner within South Louisiana must understand termites.  For us it is not a question of if, but a question of when our homes and property will be exposed to these horrid pests." 

The strategy for termite control is just like that of any other pest.  First, begin by understanding the pests and its habits. Then, once this has been accomplished, the next step is to start a prevention program.  Finally, constantly monitor your property for these potential invaders. 

Ultimately, the safest strategy for controlling termites is to allow us to establish a prevention, monitoring, and control plan for you.   We have over 40 years experience in helping take the headaches out of pest management.  It will be the best phone call you have ever made.

 

Tips on Termite Prevention

    • The most important aspect to stopping termites is moisture control. All types of termites need moisture.
    • Keep your structure dry and well ventilated.
    • Ventilate all possible subfloor areas and ensure the vents are kept free and clear.
    • Make sure you keep wet areas inside kitchens and bathroom well ventilated.
    • Fix all plumbing leaks particularly in showers and baths. Leaks are a termite's best friend. 
    • Check all gutters and down spouts and make sure that the water ends up well away from the house. Ideally, down spouts should connect to drains. If you don't have any of these, at least redirect the water well away from the house. Down spouts which regularly splash near the structure may be supplying an irresistible source of moisture.
    • Avoid placing gardens directly against walls--if you must do this, provide space for air movement between the vegetation and the wall and an inspection zone of at least 5 inches.
    • Remove any lumber stored on the ground beneath a suspended floor. That includes cardboard boxes and old newspapers, even cotton materials. Clean up any wood debris left during construction. The aim is to maximize the distance between termites and their potential meal.
    • Don't store firewood directly on the ground. This attracts termites. Use cinder blocks to keep the wood above the ground.  Also, store the firewood away from the house.  The less food around the better.

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Example of A Termite Mud Tunnel

 

Termite activity indicators.

  • Groups of swamers inside your house. 
  • Bubbles in your sheetrock or paint.
  • Mud trails outside your house.
  • Dropped wings around your window sills or doors.
  • Signs of termite activity around your home.  i.e. damaged firewood, wood trellises,
  • survey stakes, wood mulch, etc.
  • Hinges breaking loose from door jams.
  • Lights or bathroom fans that will not turn off
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