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Termite Identification

Termites are small insects often confused for ants. Most are no bigger than ½” and vary in color from off-white to brown. Some termites, called swarmers, have wings that enable them to fly.
In Baton Rouge, we deal with subterranean termites, formosan termites, and drywood termites. All three have the potential to cause a lot of damage on homes and businesses.
Some of the signs of termites include damaged wood, mud tubes on the perimeter of a building, frass (termite droppings), discarded wings, and, of course, seeing an actual termite.
Termites are active all year long in Louisiana. However, they are known to swarm in the spring and summer months, which is why many people call the springtime swarming season.
The queen termite lays eggs, young larvae will hatch, and the larva will molt several times until it is assigned its designated caste. These castes include worker, soldier, and reproductive.
Termites may be found all over the country, but different types of termites are active in different areas. Termites prefer mild to warm, wet climates like the one in Louisiana.
The factors that can encourage their ability to thrive include availability of cellulose, presence of wood in contact with soil, amount of moisture present, climate, as well as the age and size of the colony.

Termite Identification in Louisiana

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