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dj1
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A. Spruce wrote:

:eek: A sample is in the mail to you as we speak! :D

Haha, accompanied with a check to cover the cost of the testing of course.

A. Spruce
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Update:

With the warmer weather there is more critter activity, and guess what, it is termites, DAMN IT!!!!!!! Not sure what I'm going to do about them at the moment, trying to come up with non-chemical methods to eradicate them. I have never seen them burrow through drywall before, eat the paper off the back, yes, but never burrow through.

I have not been under the house or deck yet to see if there are tubes to knock down, that will be a project for later this week. Wouldn't you know it, it's the corner of the house furthest away from the access hole too. How do critters always know where the access hole is to be able to find the most remote spot possible?

Did I say DAMN IT!!!!! yet? :rolleyes::D

dj1
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Spruce,

This is bad news. Try orange oil termite treatment without toxic chemicals.

HoustonRemodeler
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Termites hate dry sand. Pour a bag or two of course dry sand around each pier. When they go to make tubes, the tubes collapse and the termite union rep files a grievance. They go on strike and picket until the sand is removed.

A. Spruce
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HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Termites hate dry sand. Pour a bag or two of course dry sand around each pier. When they go to make tubes, the tubes collapse and the termite union rep files a grievance. They go on strike and picket until the sand is removed.

Now THAT is a union I can live with! :D

dj1 wrote:

Spruce,

This is bad news. Try orange oil termite treatment without toxic chemicals.

Thanks for the suggestion, I will look into it. Preliminary investigation into turdmites suggests two species, subterranean and dry wood dwelling, the latter seems to be what they are, by the looks of them. If I understand this correctly, then the dry wood dwelling aren't going to have tubes on the foundation and such. I really rather the buggers had been ants, I've got a surefire method for dealing with those!

Gizmo
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Termites love to eat wood. Drywall used in ceilings contains paper and cellulose,papers made of wood. The brown spots that look like rust are probably from the mud tunnels the termites create. The tunnels may be breaking down from moisture then soaks into the sheetrock,

Looks like you have your hands full Spruceeeee...Good Luck

HoustonRemodeler
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Round these parts dry termites are treated by tenting the house for a day, just like my next door neighbor. And my house. And the one on the other side......

A. Spruce
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Gizmo wrote:

The tunnels may be breaking down from moisture then soaks into the sheetrock,

Looks like you have your hands full Spruceeeee...Good Luck

No, each of the holes have wiggling little butts hanging out of them, the "sand" like debris would be turdmite turds. I'm thinking a little caulking in all the holes, then move in the middle of the night. Nobody will be the wiser . . . ;)

HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Round these parts dry termites are treated by tenting the house for a day, just like my next door neighbor. And my house. And the one on the other side......

I want to avoid chemical means if possible.:cool:

keith3267
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If they are subterranean termites diatomaceous earth around the base of each pier will discourage them. Its like broken glass to us. You can use it as a layer under the sand, but you want a layer.

You can poke out the little holes and spray a boric acid roach dust into the holes, that drives them out also. There is a liquid foaming sodium borate solution that can be injected into your wall cavities to treat the wood against termites, but it takes a professional exterminator to do this, and it can't be done with some types of insulation. It can also be hard to find an exterminator who does this type of work, but as chemicals go, the sodium borates are pretty safe around humans.

BTW, I have an uncle who had this same problem with termites and he used the roach powder sprayed into the holes. He doesn't have termites now but I don't know if he ended up tenting the house or not. I think he did.

Also for subterranean termites, if you can jack the house off the piers even a fraction of an inch, then you can slip a copper plate between the top of the pier and the house frame. It needs to be at least two inches larger than the pier all around. That makes a termite barrier.

BTW, subterranean termites don't eat wood. They chew up wood, take it into the ground and make a paste of it, then plant a fungi in it and eat the fungi.

A. Spruce
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Update:

Persistent little beggars! They have moved from trying to create tunnels under the house to building them up the outside of the foundation. This is actually better/easier for me, since now all I have to do is rub the tunnels off once in a while, rather than do the long crawl under the house.

What I've done to date:

Destroyed all tunnels, dusted the sill plate and foundation wall with a heavy layer of diatomaceous earth. Poured a thick layer of sand around in the general area of the activity.

The last couple trips under the house showed diminished activity, though I did notice a new trail on the back wall, stem wall, which is now where they're exiting on the outside of the foundation.

Activity evidence inside the house is minimal, I think they're busy trying to recreate/maintain their tunnels to the ground. I'm checking the exterior daily, will do the under-house crawl in the next day or two.

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