This promises to be a record-breaking year for termites, according to an LSU Ag Center termite specialist. Gregg Henderson, urban entomology and termite specialist, said he documented 1,700 termites in one light trap on May 11 -- the most he has ever seen in his nearly 30 years of tracking termites.
“No matter the area, the populations are growing”, he said. “The good news is there are good products that can kill them that we didn’t have in the past.”
Stopping these invaders starts with understanding about them and what they’re looking for.
When it comes to eating, a termite is looking for anything that contains cellulose. Most often, that’s wood, but paper, cardboard, carpet and even cloth might draw its attention. They also need a source for moisture to help prevent their bodies and even their colony from dying out.