OpieRadio Logo
Compound Media Logo
Jim Norton Logo

Is this termite evidence?

Discussion in 'Wackbag Home Improvement & Car Repair' started by Mommadeez4u, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    Back in 2005 the wife and I renovated this area of the house, we were told by the original owner that there had been some termite infestation along that side of the house because a woodpile had been left on the wall just outside here for decades. When the floor was redone and expanded, we also put in new windows. The contractor and a pest control guy both said they saw evidence of old termite activity (very old) but no new activity and there was no sign of them being there now.

    So, recently we see this kind of crap accumulating every few days in this little spot. It's hard to tell from the photo but those little bits are like large grains of sand, the entire area of debris is less than an inch. So, wtf? Wackbag entomologists, what beast makes or poops this stuff?

    [​IMG]

    Huge version here
     
  2. Hudson

    Hudson Supreme Champion!!!!!
    Donator

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    32,839
    Likes Received:
    4,557
    Might be ants or rodents too.
     
  3. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
    Donator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    59,552
    Likes Received:
    19,770
    Carefully remove the section of baseboard and see whats going on back there. It looks like debris from burrowing/eating so you need to get that sorted out before it get to be a bigger problem.

    Also, be ready for bees or wasps.
     
  4. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    awwwwww shit!
     
  5. fletcher

    fletcher Darkness always says hello.
    Donator

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    59,552
    Likes Received:
    19,770
    Well if it is bees you can just start knocking on the wall and try to hear any buzzing.
     
    TreeFortRichard likes this.
  6. Hudson

    Hudson Supreme Champion!!!!!
    Donator

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    32,839
    Likes Received:
    4,557
    Put your ear to the wall and listen for chewing noises or hand on wall feeling for hot spots.
     
  7. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,896
    Likes Received:
    20,547
    Looks like termite frass (aka shit)

    [​IMG]

    Get that remedied sooner then later... as those fuckers can do some damage.
     
  8. Sinn Fein

    Sinn Fein Infidel and White Interloper
    Wackbag Staff

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2002
    Messages:
    31,305
    Likes Received:
    2,064
    Get a pest guy out... Termites can retreat into other places and cause even greater damage due to improper application of pesticide. You can end up driving them into inaccessible areas where the damage will not be found for a LONG time, sometimes years...
     
  9. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    thanks gentlemen, having a guy out first of the week
     
  10. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2005
    Messages:
    22,543
    Likes Received:
    13,852
    Congratulations, I guess, but when are you getting the termite problem taken care of?
     
  11. Mags

    Mags Edgelord
    Donator

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2004
    Messages:
    34,357
    Likes Received:
    11,758
    :haha7:
     
    Neckbeard likes this.
  12. mr. sin

    mr. sin Registered User

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2005
    Messages:
    27,006
    Likes Received:
    13,940
    looks like either termite or camel cricket poop!
     
  13. mrbucket75

    mrbucket75 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    574
    Its more than likely something digging and excavating the localized area. Termite "mud" is grain sized and caked together from saliva. Ants also excavate, but smaller sized sand, also included are usually body parts and whole dead ants, more than likely an ant graveyard. This does not look like either. Looks like some fiber in than pile, amirite?
     
  14. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    I'm going to have to get the magnifying lens out to see what the fuck it is, I don't hear any chewing or buzzing in the wall. I don't think it's termite mud, there's definitely nothing going on on the opposite outside part of the wall, as asphalt abuts to the brick foundation there. So, if anything is tunneling it's coming up through the crawlspace below this floor, problem is the nearest door to access the crawlspace is like 100 feet away and there's no way in FUCK I am low crawling through 2 1/5 feet high cobwebs and spider and bats and dead bodies and shit just to shine my little Winnie the Pooh flashlight

    [​IMG]

    and see what's going on. Screw that, I will pay some poor sap to do it.
     
  15. silentbob8201

    silentbob8201 Registered User

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2005
    Messages:
    7,203
    Likes Received:
    347
    I'd go with Carpenter Ants because it reminds me of that.
     
  16. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    The Man says termites. Fuck. $1,500.00 later....
     
  17. TreeFortRichard

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Messages:
    10,736
    Likes Received:
    1,977
    HOLD ON!

    I had termites real bad because they left the plywood between the concrete sections when they added on to my house...They came up through the plywood and into some of my framing studs. I was tearing out my kitchen and found wood that would crumble if you squeeze it...Sooo...I repaired everything and then went with the Setnricon http://www.sentricon.com/ system...As a chemist I can tell you this is the way to go. They put bait stations around your home and monitor them. The termites will find them, as they are ALWAYS looking for food...They find the bait and eat it and bring it back to the colony. The bait usually contains a chemical that inhibits their ability to soften their exoskeleton...They always grow, soften their skeleton, 'hatch' out of that old frame and a new larger one hardens around them...This is how they grow...Well if they cannot soften their exoskeleton they will continue to grow and explode in their own bodies...This kills the worker/scavengers firs and then they find soldiers in the bait stations because the scavengers are all dead and once the soldiers all die the queen has no one to feed her and when the eggs hatch they eat the bad food or starve because no one is there...It takes about a year to clear the colony...and then you have monthly checks of the stations. I have had no termite activity for 7+ years in a slab ranch.... You have to keep the stations intact and pay a monthly fee (I think i Pay $25) but that's a huge relief over having to drill holes/spray/loose bait...I didn't want chemicals all over the house...

    From the wiki

     
  18. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    Yeah that's the same system he recommended, thanks for the info though I appreciate it
     
    TreeFortRichard likes this.
  19. TreeFortRichard

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Messages:
    10,736
    Likes Received:
    1,977
    It's not bullshit...it really works...and because termites can travel 300+ feet a day looking for food your neighbors get to leech off your bait stations...and as soon as you remove the bait the colonies will find your beautiful house a delightful place to eat...

    I am convinced it is so pricey because they can't make the money they use to spraying and drilling every year...It's a set it and forget it system...I started to notice it on vacation at fancy places...and old historical sites...it's how they protect those irreplaceable landmarks like the whitehouse and "so and so was born here" houses...
     
  20. Mommadeez4u

    Mommadeez4u Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2005
    Messages:
    3,984
    Likes Received:
    872
    yeah the price has actually gone down, when it first came in it was 8 bucks a linear foot, now it's like 2 or 3
     
  21. blazin

    blazin Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2004
    Messages:
    3,858
    Likes Received:
    411

Share This Page