Sunday, June 7, 2009

VERY unwelcome visitors

Now here's what we, sorry to say, it is not this pretty bird that we have, but what you see in his (Eileen is right...all birds are 'he'...makes the little birdies kind of miraculous) mouth!

Yes,'s a termite!! Michael had a wonderful idea to surprise me by working on cleaning up the garage while I was out and about yesterday. He enlisted Kelly's aid and the surprise was on them when the happily munching termites were found! I was delighted with the results in the garage, but not so delighted with the termites. So today I will be calling some companies to find a way to evict these guys. Don't think the Pyola is a viable option here and I doubt Michael would want to be squirting it between walls or drilling holes into the concrete (I could be wrong here, of course, and this may be something that would totally thrill him!)

Now here are some crazy wild cats sitting and standing on termite mounds, for Pete's sake. What is their problem...guess they don't get the creepy crawlies from insects.

Now, for those who wish to have A COMPLETE TERMITE education or at least a partial grasp, I found this on the Internet:

"Not to be confused with Termit or thermite.

(Don't think I will confuse them with these terms and would they care if I did ? Do termites move out if you hurl insults at them?)

TermiteFossil range: 228–0 Ma

Formosan subterranean termite soldiers (red colored heads) and workers (pale colored heads).
Scientific classification
The termites are a group of social insects usually classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera (but see also taxonomy below). As truly social animals, they are termed eusocial along with the ants and some bees and wasps which are all placed in the separate order Hymenoptera. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10% of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites are major detrivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance.
As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. They are a prime example of decentralised, self-organised systems using swarm intelligence and use this cooperation to exploit food sources and environments that could not be available to any single insect acting alone. A typical colony contains nymphs (semi-mature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both genders, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens.
Termites are sometimes called "white ants", though they are unrelated to true ants."

Now these guys below are what we really need. They are called Aardwolves! They must be kissing cousins with Aardvarks. This first one is hunting for termites and I am saying "Over here...come on boy, nice Aardwolf...we have some super yummy treats for you. How are you at eating between sheet rock, boy?"

This next picture said that the Aardwolf is LISTENING for the termites. If I had known they were that loud with their rock (in their case, wood music) music, I would have been listening and evicted them myself...well me and my Pyola, that is.

Thoughts to keep one's thoughts away from termites:

"Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.
I am in shape. Round is a shape.
Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.
Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.
An optimist thinks this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears this is true.
There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year.
In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
I am a nutritional overachiever.
I plan on living forever. So far, so good.
Practice safe eating -- always use condiments.
A day without sunshine is like night.
It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes it comes alone.
Life not only begins at forty, it also begins to show."

Okay, here are the pitiful jokes for the pitiful termites:

What does a termite eat for breakfast?

Answer: Oak meal
REAL answer Marcy and Michael's home.

What did the toothless termite say when he walked into the bar?
Answer: Is the bar tender here?
Marcy asks who pulled his 'teeth' and where can I find him?

~~~Lord, I do thank You for the blessings of all Your creatures great and small, but can You help us love termites from maybe Jupiter?


  1. Yuck!
    A few years ago we had termites swarming our kitchen and basement! They had come in from some mulch that Ray spread out front on the bushes. He sprayed, and sprayed, and sprayed. We haven't seen them (or evidence of them around) since. But I'm still nervous that our house is going to fall down around us one day. I say we need a professional exterminator. He says I'm nuts!

    Loved the jokes!
    Keep us posted on the outcome!
    Love coming here!
    Love you, Eileen

  2. Best wishes getting rid of the termites.

  3. What a strange kid I was, I did my science project on termites! We had them too.They ate most of our back fence before Jake found them. We had that taken care of. Terminex!

  4. Hi Marcy! I missed blogging and thanks for your visit and for waiting patiently. I'm trying to catch up on reading. I always love reading your posts.

  5. Hi Marcy,
    EWE, I remember termites in California, but I do not hear much about them here in Alberta, perhaps it is way too cold. Good luck with that, I do know it can get expensive! I just had a thought...perhaps you can FREEZE them out! Not sure how you can do that though. I am sure the parrot was a more welcomed visitor.

  6. Oh Marcy, how awful but I am glad Michael found them when he did to prevent more damage. Good luck with getting rid of them, funny jokes today...Have a great one...:-) Hugs

  7. WAY more than I ever wanted to know about termites! :) When we were in Burkina Faso, West Africa, we saw multiple and HUGE termite mounds. I life in constant (irrational) fear of termites in our home. We live in an old house....

  8. Oh, dear. We're worried that we may have a termite problem, too, and need to call out an exterminator-- a couple of the dead trees we just cut down had more than normal sign of bug infestation... Hope yours are packing their bags or writing their wills ~ and ours, too!

  9. You just identified what was under some bricks near the garage. Oh yuck. I guess we better get to crack-a-lackin to get rid of them. My husband will be so thrilled!

  10. Wow! Hope you are able to get rid of them soon!

  11. I see termites often under old logs on the property...Maybe you were blessed to find them early...Just think positive and keep the quote you just posted in mind...:)

    An optimist thinks this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears this is true.

    Smile like you make us smile and take care Marcy!

  12. Hopefully you found them all in time. I will be praying that you exterminate them all! Blessings, Rose

  13. I haven't had a termite but we did have black ants once. Boric acid did the trick. We shook the powder along the out side of our home. You have to be very careful with it. The ants will take it back to their nest on the bottom of their feet and it will mess up their DNA. It might work on a termite.

  14. WHAT??!!! You want to go live on JUPITER? Send us a post card!
    Angie, XX


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