Formosan Termite Infestations Growing in Baton Rouge

Formosan Termite Infestations Growing in Baton Rouge

The destructive termites are being found in increasing numbers in Lousiana's capital city, LSU's Dr. Gregg Henderson told The Advocate.

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July 18, 2016

Formosan termites are being found in increasing numbers in Lousiana's capital city, LSU's Dr. Gregg Henderson told The Advocate.

According to the article, Henderson started looking for them in Baton Rouge in 2009. In May and June of that year, the total number of winged Formosan termites caught in light traps numbered just under 300. By 2014, the May and June counts from all the traps numbered 8,345. While a significant increase in Baton Rouge, those numbers are still considerably less than in New Orleans where, on average, there were 21,000 per trap in 2005 and 6,855 average per trap in 2008.
 
In Baton Rouge, May numbers of the winged version of the termite - known as alates - captured in traps grew from 3,467 in 2015 to 7,288 in 2016, Henderson said.