Astonishing Termite Evidence & Odd Places I’ve Found It

Part of the reason I love my job is that there is that even after 30 years, there’s always something new to see. I’ve seen homes where every square inch was infested with roaches, come face to face with angry bees in a refrigerator, wandering opossums in crawl spaces and even a rat in a toilet. Shhh, don’t let that last one get out, I have an article about that that some people aren’t happy with. 😉

One critter that constantly amazes me is termites. I find them in places you’d never think of and in ways that make me simply shake my head. Here is a collection of pics of some of what I’ve found. If you have any that you can add, I’d love to see them & I’ll be happy to post them (with credit) right along side of mine.

Enjoy.

I couldn't believe it when I pulled the carpet back. Termites actually using the termite drill hole meant to kill them as an actual entry into the house.

I couldn’t believe it when I pulled the carpet back. Termites actually using the termite drill hole meant to kill them as an actual entry into the house.

Drywood termites in a door.  The client thought the 'insulation' was falling out every time she opened it.

Drywood termites in a door. The client thought the ‘insulation’ was falling out every time she opened it.

termites tunneling inside foam board insulation-in the attic

termites tunneling inside foam board insulation-in the attic

subterranean termites in the locks of a door.

subterranean termites in the locks of a door.


These tunnels were actually coming DOWN from the attic. The colony was found in a stopped up gutter.

These tunnels were actually coming DOWN from the attic. The colony was found in a stopped up gutter.

Formosan termites uncovered on 2nd story. They ate through large electric line. Owner wondered why the power had gone out on that side of the house.

Formosan termites uncovered on 2nd story. They ate through large electric line. Owner wondered why the power had gone out on that side of the house.

Cedar wood playground swing. Delivered & placed on ground where it would be built. The entire stack was immediately attacked & this pic was taken just 2 days after delivery.

Cedar wood playground swing. Delivered & placed on ground where it would be built. The entire stack was immediately attacked & this pic was taken just 2 days after delivery.

Massive amount of worker termites came out onto window sill and died. No treatment was done prior & I still don't know why or how they ended up this way.

Massive amount of worker termites came out onto window sill and died. No treatment was done prior & I still don’t know why or how they ended up this way.


Exterior under same window. Worker termites coming out in droves & dying. No sign of why--guess I should be glad to have saved on chemical ;)

Exterior under same window. Worker termites coming out in droves & dying. No sign of why–guess I should be glad to have saved on chemical 😉

Termites in upper kitchen cabinet above island. Not a foundation wall & not connected to ceiling. You can see the living room just under cabinet. Magic?

Termites in upper kitchen cabinet above island. Not a foundation wall & not connected to ceiling. You can see the living room just under cabinet. Magic?

All metal & vinyl siding shed. Well except for the studs ;)  The termites attacked those and tunnels go out in every direction looking for more food.

All metal & vinyl siding shed. Well except for the studs 😉 The termites attacked those and tunnels go out in every direction looking for more food.

tunneling termites http://pestcemetery.com/

I'm at a loss for words on this one.

I’m at a loss for words on this one.I guess even a termite has to go sometime.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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