The first big Formosan termite swarms of the season were spotted throughout the New Orleans area Thursday night, several weeks behind their regular schedule.
Zack Lemann, animal and visitor programs manager at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, tells 99.5FM the termites don't bite but they are a nuisance.
"Some time around the first or second week of May, we get the beginning of termite swarming season. And it's ushered in by a couple of nights when we sort of notice a few termites around lights here and there, and then this big spike in activity. And it looks like last night was that big spike," Lemann said.
Lemann says because swarming termites are attracted to light, many people think turning off their lights will prevent the insects from forming a colony in their homes. But that's not the case.
"Whether you keep your lights on or off is up to you, but it's probably not going to make much of a difference as to whether or not your home suddenly becomes the next target for a young colony of termites," Lemann explained.