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Experts say swarmer termites unharmful

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BATON ROUGE - A surge of swarming termites has pest control experts in south Louisiana warning homeowners to be on the lookout.

These "swarmer" termites are the first sign of a possible colony, and can be mistaken for flying ants. The flying bugs are on the rise in Louisiana over the past couple of years.

"Those are the only ones with wings and those are the only ones that mate and try to start new colonies," said Jacob Cohn, operations manager at Arrows Pest and Termite control. "The rest you typically don't see unless you're having a full colony somewhere on your home or in your home."

Cohn says the flying termites by themselves do not cause any damage, instead swarming on different locations to try and find a mate. If they do find a suitable place to mate and lay eggs, that's when the trouble starts.

"With swarming termites, you don't have to worry about them starting a colony unless they have a moisture source like a leaky roof," said Cohn.

Areas with lots of moisture can create good environments for these termites to form new colonies, and their offspring can then start chewing up your homes. To avoid attracting them, Cohn says people should considering turning off outside lights and also cut down on standing water or lingering moisture in soil, wood or water near a home.

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