Formosan Termite Control
From Dugas Pest Control Serving Southern Louisiana
If you own a home or business and are having issues with Formosan Termites anywhere in our southern Louisiana service area including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, St. Tammany & Lafayette, call Dugas Pest Control today for a free estimate and a customized termite elimination plan. Our termite experts will show you how we protect your home or business from Formosan termites starting today.
Background on the Formosan Termite
Arriving in the United States from China, back in the 1940s, these pesky termites stowed away in wooden crates on cargo ships coming in from the South Pacific.
As a subterranean creature, these Formosan termites build their main nests underground and enter structures from below. They build a shelter that runs from the dirt through the foundation of the home and directly into the wood studs and furniture.
Once arriving in the home, they will quickly build a large nest typically located out of the way behind the walls as a way to gain quick access to moisture. Once they set up a nest, it can be extremely challenging to get rid of them.
A nest constructed by the Formosan subterranean termite is usually built using soil, saliva and masticated (chewed) wood. These typically huge nests have the ability to house millions of these harmful insects. The nest itself can hold moisture providing the ideal conditions for these pesky termites.
An individual colony of termites can hold as many as 10 million wood eating insects. This huge number of termites can do extensive damage to the home in a relatively short time.
The Formosan subterranean variety is considered a very aggressive insect. The best way to minimize the damage these insects can create in a home is to prevent them from ever entering in the first place.
Through preventative measures, a professional pest control agent can use the right treatments and baiting to ensure the problem is eliminated or at least controlled.
Eliminating Formosan Termites
As the most destructive and aggressive pest in the United States, the Formosan termite colony must be eradicated when the nest resides in the home or outside. By attacking the colony rather than taking an alternative method of treating each individual termite, the entire structure can be killed off. Only by fatally interrupting the cycle of reproduction inside the colony can the homeowner ever be assured that the problem is gone.
At Dugas Pest Control, we provide Formosan control solutions throughout southern Louisiana using two primary termite treatment methods:
Termite baits are often used as one method to eliminate a termite problem. This termite trap, or bait, utilizes a treated piece of wood that includes a slow acting pesticide.
Once members of the termite colony make their way across the wood, they will naturally pick up the fatal pesticide on their feet and walk it back into the colony, infecting others.
This type of baiting treatment is used to kill off both the termites and all of their larva. Termite baits are often used as an alternative solution when it is difficult to locate the main colony.
Dugas Pest Control is an Authorized Dealer of the Sentricon Colony Elimination System when termite baiting is the preferred solution.
Liquid Barrier Treatments
An alternative to baiting systems is to use a liquid barrier treatment which is sprayed around the exterior of the home. At Dugas Pest Control, we use Termidor when liquid treatment is recommended, as it utilizes the transfer effect which relies on the behavioral habits of the colony to transfer the deadly pesticide to every member of the colony, and the larva. Termidor is a proven option for termite control and has been a leader in the industry for many years.
Dugas Pest Control is a Termidor Certified Applicator serving all of metro Baton Rouge.
Call Today For A Free Estimate
Formosan termite control is a serious problem. For homeowners living in southern Louisiana, it is imperative to use the skills of a professional pest management company to uncover, prevent or control the termite population in and around the home. This usually requires routine inspections and a treatment plan anytime termites are located. Only through proper identification of the nearly 2,700 different varieties of termites, can the homeowner be assured that the right chemical treatment is doing the job.