Beware! Termites are at full strength and pest experts explain how to control them


NEW ORLEANS – It’s back … termite swarming season. They come out at dusk, especially after heavy rains. You’ve probably noticed these pesky pests in the past few days.

“They swarm out and it’s something that is apocalyptic every year,” said Jared LaJaunie of LaJaunies Pest & Termite Control.

It’s that time of year again when the termites are in full force.

“When you live in New Orleans you kind of get used to it, but it scares you when they come into your house,” he said.

LaJaunie said the best thing to do if you are worried about termites in your home is to get a professional to examine your home.

“There are two houses in Louisiana, houses that have had or will have termites, no doubt about that,” he said.

LaJaunie says there are a number of termite treatments available, but they recommend the termite treatment system called Treiona.

Be careful how many termites you see in your home.

“By the time you have ten, they’ve most likely just flown in – but if they cover your kitchen floor an inch you definitely have a problem and you might want to get someone out,” said LaJaunie.

Another pest to watch out for this year is cicadas.

“This year they will probably come out of hibernation, out of the ground. If they do, they will literally come out by the millions like a biblical plague, ”he said.

He said their main concern is damage to your shipyards.

“They sprayed the lawns so they wouldn’t destroy your lawn,” he said.

Whether termites or cicadas, pest experts say you need to take care of the problem.

“As with anything in life, if you don’t take preventative measures, you can have a negative impact,” said LaJaunie.

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