Re: O/T : TERMITES!!!!!!
Do you have Carpenter Ants or Termites?
Carpenter ants look like ants, and sometimes they have wings... Usually dark colored...
If you have carpenter ants, you just lucked out. They are much easier to get rid of than termites.
They are ants, so they don't actually eat the wood, they just tunnel through it for a home.
(They eat the same stuff that kills other types of ants...)
You will find what looks like saw dust from carpenter ants, sense they don't actually eat the wood like termites do.
You can kill them with conventional chemical warfare for ants.
It's also a good idea cut the limbs back that may be touching or hanging over the house, and scrap all wood type shrubs around the house.
Spray the trees and shrubs with what ever 'Agent Orange' you decide to use. (Dursban worked the best, but they just outlawed it...)
Use that ant control granular stuff made for lawns around the foundation HEAVY, and in the yard too.
This worked in my yard, and in the yards of my rentals...
Termites look like little sickly ticks, always light to white colored, and they actually live in colonies in the ground.
They avoid sunlight at all costs, No saw dust because they actually eat the wood, (just a little termite poop), that's why you usually don't find them until the porch falls in...
They like to hide the colonies across the property lines, so you can't just nuke your entire yard...
They like to build colonies under brick or block porches, where the dirt is dry, and there is no sunlight or way for predators to get to them.
(Makes it real hard to use chemical warfare on them...)
They eat wood. Period. So you can't poison the food source directly (IE: YOUR HOUSE!)
So you set out poisoned bait traps to kill the colony...
Some times it works, some times it doesn't...
Cost me $1,400 to get the traps installed, and $25 dollars a month to maintain.
If they found activity in a trap, the poison bait was another $50 per trap that had activity.
(Luckily, I didn't have the formosian type of termites they have in the east and down south, they are a real b*tch to get rid of...)
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