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Jim Cazes

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2011 Meeting Notes-PDF

FORMOSAN TERMITE MEETING NOTES

JUNE 28, 2011


Please note, the following is provided as an informational community service especially for those Lake Sherwood Acres residents who were unable to attend the meeting.  Residents should contact professional pest control companies and/or the Louisiana Department of Agriculture for definitive information.


Professor Gregg Henderson of LSU presented an update on Formosan termites and developments in Lake Sherwood Acres since last year's April 6 meeting.


A number of homes in LSA have experienced infestations, one has had two infestations.  Some of the damaged homes required major repairs.  Formosan termites are especially worrisome because they can cause so much damage before they are noticed.  And our homes are not the only things at risk. These termites often attack live oaks, red maples and other trees.  They normally do not attack pines because of the heavy pitch content of pine trees.  Landscape timbers, railroad ties, and tree bark mulch are also commonly infested.  Even treated lumber is susceptible to attack after the effectiveness of the wood treatment diminishes.  Wooden bulkheads are another target for these insects.


The first line of defense against the Formosan termite, and for that matter all other types of termites, is to do a thorough inspection of your home's perimeter at the foundation looking for the telltale mud tubes leading from the soil up and into the wood or stucco structure.  Make sure you can see your house slab by keeping mulch from building up against it.  


Secondly, inspect your trees for infestations.  Look for openings, wounds or splits in the bark where they might enter.  Also, termites will form a mud ball on the bark that can vary in size from about a quarter to several inches across. If you break this mud ball you will find termites inside.  This calls for treatment by a professional pest control company but not all such companies know how to treat a tree.  Ask them what their procedure is and verify that they know how to do it.  If you leave the tree untreated eventually it will be so severely weakened that a windstorm will topple it.  Also, you don't want a colony of termites infesting a tree in your yard because they will eventually find their way into your home.


Inside your home go up in the attic and inspect for possible leaks (Formosan termites need access to moisture) and look for any visible damage.  Also, if your bathtubs/showers have inspection grilles on the side of the wall opposite the water valves look in them with a flashlight for possible damage.  Any place utilities come up through your slab is a prime point of entry for termites.  


If you are uncomfortable with or unable to make these inspections most pest control companies will do the work for free.  It gives them an opportunity to sell you a contract.  When pest control companies come to inspect your home they must come inside to do a proper inspection.  If you don't have inspection grilles as noted above they should be installed to allow inspections in these critical areas.


The soil under your slab was probably treated before the slab was poured but this treatment only has about a 30-year lifespan.  Regardless, as long as your home is under a termite control contract and the company is making the periodic inspections you will probably be covered if damage occurs.  Note however, that it is not unusual for a homeowner to have to retain an attorney to get repairs made to their satisfaction.  To be certain of your coverage it's a good idea to call your pest control company and have them come out and review your contract with you.


Up until a few years ago pest control companies offered two termite contracts, one for Formosan and another for other kinds.  Now all termites should be covered under one contract.  


If your home is not covered by a termite contract the pest control company will want to do a full inspection and treatment of your home prior to signing a contract.  A full treatment of your home involves digging a small trench around your foundation and applying a specific amount of the chemical per foot.  The areas under concrete patios, carports, or other areas where a trench cannot be dug must be drilled every 12" to 18" and the chemical pumped in.  Some companies just install bait traps out in your yard without treating the home and regularly check them for termites.   If and when termites are found in the traps then they will come in and treat the home. Other companies do both procedures installing traps as a way to monitor activity and treating the home.


Professional pest control companies generally use Termidor to combat termites.  Other chemicals are also sometimes used.  Previously, chloradane was used to treat for termites but it has been off the market for a number of years and it is a Federal offense to use it.  If you have some old chloradane, do not use it because when you go to sell your home sometimes soil tests are run to detect it.  If it is detected you may be in for a substantial bill to clean it up as well as being prosecuted for a Federal offense.  Not worth it!  


Much more information is available from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture at:  www.ldaf.state.la.us or by calling the LDAF at:

225-922-1234.

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