NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - You may notice something different this year in New Orleans.Termites are already swarming.
Steve Beatty was surprised to see them arrive this soon.
"I was out for a walk with my wife who recently moved down here from New York City and she had no idea what she was looking at. She looked up at the light and said, 'What is that?,'" said Beatty. "She said, 'That's disgusting!' And then I said, 'Look there's one right there on my shirt!' And she said, 'No that's gross get it off and I don't ever want to see them again!' So, she's out of luck for the next couple of months."
If you're from New Orleans, you know they usually make their first appearance of the year around Mother's Day. But a local exterminator we spoke with said he's already getting calls about them.
"The talk in the industry is yeah, it was a mild winter and it's going to be a big swarm this year," said Jed Darensbourg with DA Exterminating Co.,Inc. "Walk around your home right now and if the slab is exposed, you can look for that telltale mud tunnel coming out. Call a professional and you're going to have to have it treated, if you are under contract with somebody call that company and they'll get out there and they'll check it and make sure everything is okay."
And get ready because they'll likely stick around for another month or so after Mother's Day.
"I'm afraid the days are coming when were going to be sitting alone in the house with no lights," said Beatty. "We do have an old house, a 100-year-old house that probably is pretty tasty for the termites, but when we see them coming we shut the lights off and kind of get to the middle of the house and wait for them to pass."
Darensbourg said if you notice hundreds of termites inside your home or coming out of the walls, then you may have a nest and that's something you need to take care of right away. He said it's also important to get a thorough inspection of your house.