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Formosan termite numbers rising

A wooden stick that had been buried in the ground in a “crate bait” for one month is teeming with Formosan subterranean termites. Scientists use the baits to capture termites that are then used for research. A 1-foot-square crate with 40 sticks can attract as many as 30,000 termites in a week.
--LSU AgCenter Photo

BATON ROUGE — Mimicking the growing population of East Baton Rouge Parish, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps across the area is also increasing.

Housing expert offers ways to reduce A/C costs

An air duct sealed with mastic is shown at LaHouse, LSU AgCenter’s teaching and demonstration home in Baton Rouge.
-- Craig Gautreaux Photo

BATON ROUGE — The long, hot, humid summers in the Deep South can cause electric bills to skyrocket as people turn on their air conditioners for relief.

It’s time to start caring for crape myrtles

While some crape myrtle pruning cuts may appear “architecturally” nice, this kind of pruning is still the improper way to prune crape myrtle trees.
--Allen Owings Photo

HAMMOND — Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season.

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