Help, Their Swarming

When we purchased our new house last year it was under a termite contract and we have since let it lapse. Having a house in the south consisting of about 100% wood this is a stupid thing to do indeed however we are lazy and picking up the phone and actually making a call is hard on our arm muscles. Anyway, I am sure it was not just me that saw the huge swarm of termites the other night. At first we thought they were coming out of the wood by the window and the worst possible thoughts about our house falling down around us came to mind, then we noticed they were coming in at all the windows and were flying all around the outside of the windows and the worst possible thoughts of horribly and painfully being eaten to death by termites came to mind and then we got out the Raid.

It was ant and roach Raid but it did the job. After making a solemn oath to call the Terminix man on Monday and as Raid fumes filled the house we finally fell asleep. Today I stumbled upon this article. Turns out the termites were not coming from our house but were coming from everywhere a swarm of them blanketing areas of the city and they might do it “every few days” through the end of June. I do not know about anyone else but this does not sound good to me. I guess it is nature’s way of telling me to get off my lazy ass and call the Terminix man. I guess I will this time, besides I have been thinking of strengthening my upper arms.

5 Comments so far

  1. jockomo on May 19th, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    Definitely call the Terminix man and get treated, but the swarming is just standard stuff for these parts. It’s frightening if you’re not familiar with the pattern, but the bugs are completely harmless to humans and as far as I know carry no diseases. They’ll lose their wings and die on there own (without a source of water) almost as quickly as you can kill them with Raid, so I suggest you spare yourself the fumes. My kids like to hunt ’em down and squish ’em with their fingers.


  2. foreverlittle15 on May 19th, 2008 @ 11:51 am

    I agree…DEFINITELY call the Terminix man, regardless of the swarms. I live in the Southwest and termites are as big a part of life here as they are in NOLA. You wouldn’t think so with most houses made of brick and adobe instead of wood, but the saying goes that in Tucson, there are 2 types of homes: the kind that already have termites and the kind that will get termites. We have Terminix on speed dial. The great part about them is that once they treat your home, if you see the nasty buggers building their lovely little tunnels again, you just call up Terminix and they come right out.


  3. bingoman on May 19th, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    Read up the boric acid compounds available locally as it was recommended to treat studs after Katrina. Stops the bugs from eating treated wood, just sprayed on, and is basically harmless to us other studs.


  4. termite on May 19th, 2008 @ 6:36 pm

    Damn Termites.

    :p

    Geaux Hornet’s!!!!
    WooooooooooooooooHoooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!


  5. govtdrone on May 20th, 2008 @ 7:35 am

    You need to turn your lights off (inside and outside) because they go towards the light.



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