Baton Rouge is eating its way onto the list of the most termite infested cities in the United States


BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) – Termites can literally eat up your home from under you, and Baton Rouge is one of the most heavily termite-infested cities in the country, says Terminix.

The pest control company’s ranking, based on the number of termite treatments per household over the past year, ranks Baton Rouge 3rd on Terminix’s list of the 50 worst cities for termites.

Shreveport (24) and Lafayette (43) are also on the list that was published as part of Termite Awareness Week.

Not in the top 50, however, is New Orleans, which has had a problem with Formosa termites in the past. Orkin says Formosa termites cause more damage to homes and buildings in Louisiana each year than homes and buildings in any other state. This pest control company says New Orleans area residents and businesses spend an estimated $ 300 million annually to control Formosa termites and repair termite damage. The Crescent City is also home to Operation Full Stop, a government-funded program that has successfully used bait systems to control Formosa termites in neighborhoods like the French Quarter.

Underground and drywood termites are most common in Louisiana, Orkin reports.

Subterranean termites are creamy white to dark brown or black, measure 1/8 of an inch long, and have six legs. They can be found all over the United States. (Source: National Pest Control Association)Drywood termites are generally creamy white to light brown in color, measuring 3/8 of an inch to ...Drywood termites are generally creamy white to light brown, measure 3/8 “to 1” long, and have six legs. They are found primarily along the coasts from Texas to South Carolina and along the west coast of California, says the National Pest Management Association. (Source: National Pest Control Association)

Terminix identifies the following as warning signs of possible termite infestation:

• Beetles emerging from walls or posts

• Blisters in wooden floors that look like small cracks or holes

• Hollowed out or damaged wood

• Detection of the pests themselves, e.g. B. discarded wings

• Feces that look like sawdust or coffee grounds

• Mud pipes that look like pencil-sized dirt tunnels near your home

Termites tend to stay out of sight, so they can do a lot of damage before homeowners realize there’s a problem.

Pest control companies report the average cost associated with treating and repairing damage from an infestation is more than $ 8,000.

Here are Terminix’s top 50 cities for termite infestation based on the most termite treatments per household:

Terminix's top 50 cities for termite infestationTerminix’s top 50 cities for termite infestation

The answer to this question depends on the type of termite. The typical swarming periods are as follows:

  • Eastern underground termites: February to May mornings
  • Dark southeastern underground termites: days in March and June
  • Light southeastern underground termites: days in autumn
  • Dry underground termites: days in spring and autumn
  • Southeastern drywood termites: Spring nights
  • Tropical Roughhead Drywood Termites: Nights from April to July
  • Western drywood termites: days in summer
  • Dark southern drywood termites: Summer afternoons
  • Formosa termites: nights in late spring

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