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Protect Homes and Businesses from Termites after Flooding

March 23, 2016

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 remodel and clean-up following the recent flood event.


“If your community flooded and soil around your home or business washed away, the applied termiticide barrier may no longer exist and the area may need to be retreated,” Strain said. “Termite bait stations need to be evaluated for replacement as well.  If you have a termite contract, you should contact your pest control company for an inspection.”

Homeowners or business owners who do not have termite contracts, should also consider contacting a pest control company since structures that have flooded are prone to infestation by termites.  Structures are typically treated with a termite control product either before, during or after construction. Some owners also choose to build with termite-treated or termite-resistant products.

“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 protect your homes and businesses from termite damage. 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.

“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.

For more information, visit the LDAF website at                                                                             ###