Tips for controlling Louisiana termites
With all the different types of termites found in southern Louisiana, perhaps the most important piece of information to anyone who has a problem with these insects is how to control, contain, and eliminate a termite infestation. The best approach to termite control depends on which type of termite has infested a property.
Reticulitermes and Formosan termite control
These termites are dependent on moisture and contact with the ground in order to survive, so when you want to get rid of them, the best way to start is by cutting off access to these necessities. Accordingly, the steps that your pest control professional will take when he or she finds either of these types of termites include:
- Eliminating any moisture sources in the building that may be sustaining the colony
- Applying termiticites in trenches which are dug around the foundation to both kill any termites that are present and to prevent them from entering the building
- Fumigation may be necessary if there are many secondary colonies
As these termites are able to sustain themselves on their food source alone, cutting off moisture and ground contact is an ineffective means of solving this problem. If the problem is very minor, you may be able to get away with only spot treatments on the affected areas. However, in most cases these termites are not discovered until the problem has become more widespread.
Accordingly, most drywood termite problems are treated with fumigation which involves injecting a lethal gas into a building that has been covered by a tent and allowing the gas to penetrate for 24 hours.