Secret Site Map
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Home News Formosan Termites Emerging in New Orleans

Formosan Termites Emerging in New Orleans

Termite Control

According to NOLA.com, during the past week Formosan subterranean termites have begun their annual emergence as alates. (Photo: USDA-ARS)

| May 10, 2010

According to NOLA, during the past week Formosan subterranean termites have begun their annual emergence as alates, the winged form the pests take to spread and reproduce.

Though termite trackers so far have spotted small numbers of alates, the heavy swarms that send the critters clustering around porch lights and creeping through window frames and door jambs in late spring are only one to two weeks away, said Frank Guillot, program coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Formosan termite research program in New Orleans.

"We're seeing a few alates that we're now catching in traps," said Guillot, referring to the "sticky card" traps the program suspends from French Quarter streetlamps.

Typically the alates begin to emerge in mid-April from their colonies, where they leave behind plenty more termites in egg, larva and worker stages. Due to the unusually cold winter, however, "the swarming season is a little delayed this year," Guillot said. The winter probably won't make any difference in the Formosans' numbers, though, and residents can expect to see heavy swarms in mid- to late May, lasting until the end of June or early July, he said.

"Usually around Mother's Day, we see our first big swarm," Guillot said, but because of the delay, "the Mother's Day load is roughly 10 days to two weeks away."

Click here to read the entire story.

Source: NOLA.com

Top news

ScottsMiracle-Gro Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Action Pest Control

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced that its subsidiary EG Systems, Inc., doing business as Scotts LawnService, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Action Pest Control, Evansville Ind., which ranked 56th on the 2014 PCT Top 100 list, with annual revenues of $11.6 million. The transaction, which is expected to close by January 2015, would mark Scotts’ first acquisition of a structural pest control business.

Extreme Spider Infestation Forces Missouri Family to Relocate

A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.

WCBB Raising Funds to Help Injured Industry Professional

Trade group Wildlife Control Business Builders (WCBB) is raising funds to help ECO Wildlife Solutions' Susan Sims, who suffered serious injuries as a result of a ladder fall.

Rentokil NA Names Morrow Vice President of Sales

William (Bill) Morrow has joined the company's management team as VP of sales.

Chris Gorecki Named Head of Rollins Technical Services Department

In addition to overseeing Technical Services, Gorecki will continue to lead Government Relations and Environmental Stewardship, Quality Assurance (Operational and Precision Protection), Termite Damage Claims, Safety (to include GPS) and Field Administrative Support Group.

x