Gigantic Swarm of Termites Shows Up on New Orleans Radar Map

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backyardIn an absolutely terrifying video of a radar map, termites have been seen swarming what looks like half of Louisiana.

“It’s not very typical that we see that type of feature in the evening,” said Alek Krautmann, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “We noticed it and figured out that it’s very likely inset swarms.”

The radar technology used by the National Weather Service can successfully identify biological scatters that are often flocks of birds, but this most recent report suggests that it was primarily termites and other insects swarming around New Orleans.

“A log of people in New Orleans are noticing termites,” Krautmann said. Termite damage affects more than 600,000 houses in the U.S. and causes approximately $5 billion of repair and control costs every tear.

It’s important — especially during termite season — to consult with a professional exterminator to handle pest control in your home, your backyard, and all around your property. Being proactive and preventing future damage from occurring can end up saving you thousands of dollars in termite damage. On average, homeowners who find serious termite damage will have to spend about $3,000 for repairs.

In New Orleans, termites seem to have been damaging properties on a week-to-week basis. “There were a few nights,” Krautmann added, “about two weeks ago, where the bugs and termites were pretty active, but it hasn’t been as bad lately.”

Up until that giant swarm was picked up on the radar map, of course. “Apparently,” Kruatmann said, “they’re back.”

The National Weather Service radar usually only picks up movements of much higher altitude: weather patterns, high-flying birds, planes, etc., but because New Orleans has been under such high-pressure weather conditions lately, the radar beams much closer to the ground.

If you want to protect your property for the future, hiring an exterminator before any termite issues become apparent may be your best bet. Bug guard can work sometimes, but you may need the highest treatment to guarantee to be insect-free.

Termites prefer to feed and hide in old logs, wooden decks, wood furniture, etc., but they also can lurk in other areas of the backyard. As they wait for their opportunity to feed, they will live in bushes, trees, and even in the backyard grass.

Termite damage is a serious problem. Contact a professional today if you are in need of assistance.

Do You Have Termites? 5 Ways to Be Sure Before Calling Pest Control

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pest controlTermites are a homeowner’s absolute worst nightmare. Every year in the U.S., about 600,000 homes are damaged by termites. Termite damage can cost a single homeowner an average of $3,000 in repairs alone. Compared to that, the average cost of a pest control service only averages between $109 and $284, which is only three to nine percent of the aforementioned repair costs. In areas like Georgia and Tallahassee termite control is a serious issue, but how do you know when it’s time to call in an exterminator?

  • Tap the wood around your home. Does it sound hollow? That could be evidence of termites. Termites eat cellulose found in wood and typically nest inside walls. Be sure to tap any areas where you notice small holes, and see if any small pellets fall out. These are fecal pellets and almost surely indicate infestation.
  • Be on the lookout for swarmers. Swarmers are flying termite or ants that are responsible for creating new colonies. If you don’t see any physical swarmers, but you’re finding discarded insect wings, that could be evidence of a colony and infestation.
  • Check the backyard. If you have any old or rotting tree stumps or you keep firewood in your yard, be sure to get those checked. In general, it’s best to keep firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and five feet off of the ground and to remove the stump completely.
  • Look for mud tubes on exterior walls. A lot of subterranean termites construct dirt or mud tubes to protect themselves or provide moisture when reaching their food source. Cut open the tube and look for termites. Just remember that even if you don’t find them, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any. They may have simply abandoned that tube.
  • Is there any damaged wood or warped paint? If there are cracks, it could be evidence of termite activity. Termites may use cracks to enter homes, or they may have even been caused by the termites themselves. If there is dry mud inside the cracks, it likely means there are already termites present.

If you suspect termite activity in your home, call pest control. A standard bug guard spray will not be enough to rid your home of termites. Pest control services are the best hope for purging your home of termites, and can save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in the long run.

Dixon Pest Services, Inc.1706 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308