Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is urging builders and homeowners to take steps to prevent the spread of termites as they rebuild and remodel after Hurricane Isaac.
“Since Isaac, we have received several calls from people who are concerned about termites. If your community flooded and treated soil was washed away by the hurricane, most likely the pesticide barrier no longer exists around your home or business and the area may need to be retreated,” Strain said. “Bait stations need to be evaluated for replacement as well.
“Termite colonies are constantly looking for new food sources. Now is the time to take proactive measures to prevent termites from destroying your investments,” added Strain.
Structures in south Louisiana are typically treated with a preventative barrier either pre-construction, during construction or post-construction. Some owners also choose to build with termite-treated or termite-resistant products. After construction, baiting stations and liquid treatments are used as tools for detecting and destroying termite colonies.
“Consumers should contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-4578 to make sure the pesticide company you hire is fully certified and licensed. This protects you, your family, your home or your business,” said Strain.
Treatments and annual inspections by a licensed, insured and bonded pest control company are a good termite preventative. Between professional inspections, owners should periodically inspect their home or business for evidence of termites. Look for mud tubes on the slabs, piers or walls and pinholes in wallboards, softness in flooring or blisters in paint or wallpaper.
For more information, visit the LDAF Pesticide and Environmental Programs website at www.ldaf.state.la.us.