LAFAYETTE - It's recommended that home owners get a yearly termite inspection as a safety precaution. With hurricane season coming up those little critters are destined to come out more than usual.
Termites, they feed off the cellulose in wood and moisture. When a hurricane sweeps through homes often turn into termite central.
To keep them away Lafayette Owner of Cajun Bug Exterminating and Entomologist Jeff Hargrave says follow these tips.
"Termites are swarming. They're attracted to light, keep that light off. Let any roof leaks or rotten wood in the fashure, the eaves of a house are prepared. You want to trim the tree limbs and bushes back from touching the house." said J Hargrave
The lack of trimming trees is a common mistake.Co-owner of Cajun Bug Exterminating Kimi Hargrave says after a hurricane wet and damaged trees serve as food for termites and a hazard to your home.
"Making sure that the trees are inspected would be highly recommended just to ensure, you know if their on your property it's just a matter of time before they make their way to your home." said K Hargrave
Of the 2,000 species of termites, formosans are the ones we're looking at right here in Acadiana. They vary in shades of yellow, and while they'll eat any type of wood they're favorable to pine. Their least favorite is Cypress and Cedar.
"They are the most damaging of all the termites species, they do a lot of damage in a short period of time." said K Hargrave
Now what about when it comes to checking for termites on the inside of your home?
"Mud tubes or slabs on peers that are coming up into the home. pinholes in the walboard, that sheetrock, softness in the floors or blisters in the paint." said J Hargrave
The Hargraves say termites can take anywhere from 3 to 25 years to surface in your home so if you have'nt had your property inspected please do.