Swarming termites invade Lake Area

Swarming termites invade Lake Area
(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Just as quickly as they swarmed Wednesday night, so did the swarm of social media posts and pictures of termites.

The Lake Charles Racquet Club was a hotspot for swarming termites in the Lake Area.

"I came in this morning around 8 o'clock to teach my first lesson and there were, what appeared to be dead termites, all over the court," said Bobby Walker, an instructor at the club.

While the morning after for those termites wasn't so promising, swarming termites have become a norm, usually peaking during the spring season as one Lake Charles resident knows from experience.

"They come every year and we can tell when they come," said Lake Charles resident, Angela Reeves. "They start swarming the lights outside of the house so we immediately turn off all the lights in our house because we have canisters in the ceiling and they come through."

Though a nuisance, she said the bugs don't worry her too much.

"They go away after a certain amount of time and they only last like that about a week. I really don't give it too much concern than that," Reeves said.

Keith Hawkins, Beauregard LSU AgCenter County Agent, said the termites pose no direct threat to humans.

"Not physically ... the real danger the termites will be weakening the structure and maybe the failure of that structure and hurt somebody," Hawkins said.

Which is why self inspection and treatment is the best answer if dealing with termites in the home.

"Any licensed exterminator can help out, I've done both with my house ... I've used an exterminator for treatment but I try to self treat just to save a little money," he said.

For a complete list of resources, visit the AgCenter website here.

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