Termites swarm the Lake area - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Termites swarm the Lake area

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Springtime and early summer bring in swarms of termites to the Lake Charles and surrounding areas. 

Local exterminators, like J&J Exterminating, received hundreds of calls on Wednesday, May 2 after swarms of termites the night before had the community buzzing.

"We're just kind of toward the end of the native swarm and the Formosan swarm is just now kicking off and it looks like it's going to be a pretty good one," Robert Soileau Manager for the J&J Exterminating branch in Lake Charles said. 

Soileau said there are two different types of termites in the Calcasieu Parish area: the native subterranean and the Formosan. 

"The Formosan [come out] right at dusk normally and they'll get swarming," Soileau said. "And they're attracted to light so a lot of people will notice them more than the natives which swarm during the day."

Since the Formosan swarm at night, they're attracted to light and light coming from inside a home attracts the termites to the home where they'll try to find their way in.

"Their inside the wood or the ground and the tubes that they build to get into the structure," Soileau said.

The termites can enter the home through vents, plumbing, bathtubs, underneath cracks in the door and windows, even the attic.

Soileau said the swarmers themselves don't do the damage. Their only reason for being is to find a mate and start a new colony. It's the workers in the colony that do the most damage. 

"The warmer it gets, the more active they become. The cooler it is, the less active. This is definitely their time to rock 'n roll," he said.

Most people call in to the exterminators for the Formosan swarms, but Soileau said sometimes customers really don't have a termite problem. The termites may be coming from trees and wooded areas.

"If you're seeing 15 to 20 swarmers, that's probably not a big deal. If you're seeing hundreds, two hundreds in one located area in your structure then you might have a problem and the best thing to do is to call a professional," Soileau said. 

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