LSU AgCenter LaHouse seminar on protecting wood, health set for Dec. 5

(11/27/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will present a seminar Structural Pests and Management: Safe, Green and Effective Wood Protection Strategies on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the LSU campus.

The seminar will be available to view online. Registrants will be emailed a link prior to the seminar.

The cost to attend is $10 in recognition of the LaHouse 10-year anniversary.

“Wood-destroying organisms such as termites, carpenter ants, fungi and others cause tremendous damage to homes in the Gulf Coast region,” said AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel. “This region unfortunately also has the most destructive insect on the planet, the Formosan subterranean termite.”

A single colony can have more than 10 million termites, which is why an infestation can do major damage in a very short period of time, Reichel said.

The challenge is not only to prevent damage but to do so without trading one hazard for another.

“What’s needed are multiple layers of defense against structural pests that don’t expose people, pets and the environment to toxic poisons,” she said.

Seminar attendees will gain insights from AgCenter and industry entomologists on the various types and characteristics of structural pests and the integrated, multifaceted approach to pest management to effectively protect both the wood in buildings and the health of people.

The seminar will include research-based, objective information about construction, landscaping and maintenance practices, chemical soil treatments and bait systems as well as provide detailed information about borate treatment attributes, forms and application methods.

Registration and more information about the seminar are available at Visit to learn about LaHouse Resource Center and for educational information on high-performance homes in the Southern Region. For additional questions, email

11/28/2018 5:39:00 PM
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