Termite swarms return to SWLA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Termite swarms return to SWLA

Posted: Updated:
Formosan termite swarmers. (Source: MGN Online/USDA/Scott Bauer) Formosan termite swarmers. (Source: MGN Online/USDA/Scott Bauer)
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry out of service until Wednesday morning

    TRAFFIC: Cameron Ferry out of service until Wednesday morning

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:08:05 GMT
    Officials have said the Cameron Ferry will be out of service until early Wednesday morning.No reason was given for the outage.Copyright 2014KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Officials have said the Cameron Ferry will be out of service until early Wednesday morning.No reason was given for the outage.Copyright 2014KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • BP claim forms circulating in LC area

    BP claim forms circulating in LC area

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:42:19 GMT
    Over the last couple of weeks someone has been circulating so-called BP oil claim forms in the Lake Charles area. While man, if not most medical claims associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been settled, someone is holding meetings around the Lake area trying to get people to sign up. But they're not too forthcoming when it comes to saying who they are or who they represent. Last week there were crowds at Miss Street Church of Christ during various times of the day."People ther...More >>
    Over the last couple of weeks someone has been circulating so-called BP oil claim forms in the Lake Charles area. While man, if not most medical claims associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been settled, someone is holding meetings around the Lake area trying to get people to sign up. But they're not too forthcoming when it comes to saying who they are or who they represent. Last week there were crowds at Miss Street Church of Christ during various times of the day."People ther...More >>
  • CPSB conference encourages principals to lead schools well

    CPSB conference encourages principals to lead schools well

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:38:11 GMT
    Every issue in a school always comes down to leadership. That’s one of the main points being driven at this year’s Calcasieu Parish School Board Leadership Summit. More >>
    Every issue in a school always comes down to leadership. That’s one of the main points being driven at this year’s Calcasieu Parish School Board Leadership Summit. More >>
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

Each May, Formosan subterranean termites swarm in parts of southern and central Louisiana. This year is no different.

"Many residents will notice them around lights at night beginning in April with some hanging around until August," said LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring, in a news release.

"Early to mid-May is when they will swarm most, but there be some 'swarmers' around later into the summer looking for a mate," said Ring.

According to LSU AgCenter Communications Specialist Johnny Morgan, termite colonies consist of soldiers, workers and reproductives. The reproductives are the ones with wings, who swarm in search of a mate this time of year.

To keep the swarms at bay, Ring recommends hiring a professional.

"Any homeowner could dig the trench and apply the termiticide, but there are areas that would just be too hard for the average homeowner to reach," Ring said.

Ring said that seeing swarms near outside lights at night or seeing a few termites in the home are not necessarily a cause for concern.

"The time to worry is if you are seeing 50 to 100 and you don't know if the home has been treated," said Morgan.

"It is unusual, but you can see swarms anytime during the year," Ring said. "But normally, when you see swarms during these odd times is when they are responding to a treatment that's been applied."

For more information, click HERE or email Morgan at JMorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu or Ring at DRing@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow