Saturday, September 17, 2011

Termite Termination...without evacuation!

Yep, the termites have been thwarted...without any need for humans or cats to vacate the premises! There was a bit of a miscommunication at the pest control company -- the only reason we'd initially been asked to leave for the duration of the treatment was because someone at the firm had been under the impression they needed to spray aerosol stuff in the crawlspace (under the house). But since they were just injecting insecticide into the dirt under the garage, there was really no conceivable way for any of it to get on or near any of the resident mammals. Which meant we got to stay in the house -- I shut everyone (myself included) into the computer room while the exterminator did his work, but even that was mainly to avoid getting underfoot.

I am sure the cats were NOT disappointed by this turn of events -- I mean really, they got to do exactly the same thing they usually do on a Friday afternoon (which is to say, sleep), no need for anyone to be shut up in a carrier and carted across town. Hooray! But by the same token, the experience of trying to plan a short evacuation has led me to figure it might be a good idea to have a "drill" once in a while, just in case we all ever DO need to get out of the house for any length of time.


  1. Death to the fucken termites!!! KILL!!! DESTROY!!!!!!

    Interestingly, I just looked it up, and it seems that scientists now believe that termites are closely related to cockroaches, and are not closely related to ants.

  2. Ugh yes, and I found yet more termites today (the "swarmers") hanging out on some of the wood scraps I'd had on the patio that I wanted to save for projects. I guess it's the season for massive termite action or something. But they won't be getting into the garage anytime soon at least, not with the barricade-of-poison-death in place under the garage now.

    And wow that is fascinating re. their relationship to cockroaches. Did YOU know they (termites) also apparently taste (to humans) like almonds? I've never eaten any but I saw some people on TV once seeming to enjoy them tremendously.

  3. I did not know what termites taste like until now.

  4. almonds, eh? well I bet they are packed with protein. my bantam chickens love it when I bust up termite-infested bits of wood so they can gobble them up. maybe I should provide some chocolate for dipping next time.


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