|SU Ag Center Livestock Program Manager Christie Monroe watches LSU student assistants assemble a termite light-trap behind the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.|
|The assembled termite light-trap is expected to capture 350 Formosan termites.|
Baton Rouge, La. – May is just around the corner and that means the start of termite season.
According to LSU Ag Center entomologist Gregg Henderson, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps placed around the parish is increasing; a sign that the number of the pest is on the rise.
Henderson and several student assistants have placed light-traps throughout East Baton Rouge and neighboring parishes to see if 2015 will continue the growing trend of increased numbers of termites.
One of the traps was placed behind the Southern University Ag Center’s Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena.
Henderson said he expects the trap to catch about 350 termites. Based on his research, the termites are planned to swarm in early to mid-May.
The Formosan termites are more aggressive than the U.S. species. In a report from the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, the termite’s colonies have caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage in New Orleans alone.
Homeowners should be on the lookout for termite damage. If termites are discovered in a home, the owner should take immediate action to prevent widespread damage.