What termites are in Louisiana?
Louisiana is a hot spot for termites due to its wet, favorable climate. Although there are nearly 2,000 termite species worldwide, just about 40 are in the United States.
Here in Louisiana, we most frequently deal with the following termites:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites
- Formosan Termites
- Drywood Termites
Common Termites in Louisiana
Our climate draws a lot of termite activity. The following three termites are the most troublesome for property owners in and around the Louisiana area:
- Eastern Subterranean Termites. These termites are the most common in North America, and also cost property owners the most money from the damage they cause. They are typically smaller than drywood termites and need contact with the soil to survive.
- Formosan Termites. These termites are aggressive, defensive, and a single colony may contain several million termites in the worst cases. They are known to not be picky when feeding and can quickly chew their way through all types of wood.
- Drywood Termites. As their name suggests, drywood termites do not need contact with soil to survive. They prefer to nest above ground in dryer wood, often in wall supports or roof materials.
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