The 2020 termite season is here. You should be prepared for what that means. Louisianians are known for being friendly to our guests, friends, and even strangers. But one visitor definitely doesn’t deserve our Southern hospitality: TERMITES. These tiny bugs strike fear in the hearts of many homeowners. We get a lot of people asking informational questions. We understand why! Arceneaux Pest was founded by a Certified Entomologist. Louisiana has only 10 such experts, and our founder is one.
As experts in termites, termite inspections, termite treatments, and other forms of pest control, we’re accustomed to handling these sorts of requests, and we’re happy to answer them. To help you prepare, here is your 2020 Official Guide to Termite Season in Louisiana.
Guide to the 2020 Termite Season in Louisiana
When Does It Start?
The 2020 Termite Season is here. Because as much as we love living in Louisiana, those termites love it too. They thrive in warm, moist environments (if that isn’t a typical Louisiana summer, we don’t know what is). In South Louisiana, especially New Orleans and the Baton Rouge area, this means we’ll begin seeing swarming from Late March through July. During this period, it will become increasingly common to see flying termites and swarms. Seeing swarms does not necessarily mean you have termites. It could simply mean you are near a nesting area. However, if you’re seeing the swarming termites, it does mean they are in the area and eating wood. Louisiana homeowners need a plan in place to protect their property.
Why Should I Care?
If you own a home or other property, then the prospect of damage should scare you. We understand the dread of adding yet another invoice to the pile. You already have mortgages, insurance, utilities, maintenance, and probably more. But regular termite control can save you thousands of dollars in the future. It’s a situation best left to the experts and not worth cutting corners. Termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage each year in the Baton Rouge area and could cost you thousands if left unattended. In fact, according to a study from the LSU AgCenter, termites affect Louisiana more than any other state. They’re capable of doing more $500 million a year in damage! That puts the cost of a pest control bill into perspective. Your home is too precious to risk.
What Should I Look For?
If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s hard to determine whether you need a professional’s help during termite season.
- Look for Damage. Look for soft wood or even wood that looks rotting, inside or around your home. If you find buckling wood, wood with holes in it, etc., with no clear explanation, this could be a sign of termite damage.
- Look for Evidence. Termites build infrastructure wherever they go. They use small mud tunnels (thin, packed, dirt trails along the foundation of your home, along the bricks, etc.) to travel and search for food. They also build mounds, which are the more obvious evidence of their presence.
- Don’t Be Alarmed. We’ve seen all kinds of termite situations, from the most proactive to “you should’ve called us a long time ago”. In all of those cases, being alarmed or stressed out did not help. It only adds problems to your situation, and you don’t need that. Just because you’ve found damage, evidence, or termites themselves does not mean that you have thousands worth of damage.
- Be Proactive. One thing you can do to avoid attracting swarming termites is to keep your exterior and interior lights off until you need them at night. Lights attract swarming termites from a decent distance, so as much as possible, you want to avoid this.
Termite Inspection, Treatment, and Equipment
Every termite service starts with an inspection of your home and property. Experienced professionals look for signs of termite infestations and any existing damage. Knowing what you’re up against is key to treating it effectively. Specific treatments and equipment are used to address specific termite species and infestations. If your home is all in the clear, then we want to keep that way! Regular termite control keeps your home termite-free and safe from damage.
We’re so confident in our termite control, we guarantee it with our home termite warranty. Your home insurance policy doesn’t cover termite damage. To help give you more peace of mind, enlist a yearly termite control service. It assures homeowners that live termites won’t affect your home for a full calendar year. We take that further and guarantee your home against damage up to one million dollars.
Contact A Termite Company
For more than 15 years, Arceneaux Pest Management Services has been a leader in Louisiana pest control. Our thousands of customers appreciate our customer service, friendly staff, and guaranteed results. We offer a free termite inspection to customers in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Prairieville, Walker, Watson, and the surrounding communities. Get in touch or get a quote to see if we’re the right termite control company for you.