Thursday, January 26, 2012


Hey ya'll

*read the original post here*

so we've finally spoken to the manager of the unit about our little isopteran (that's the Latin term for termites, by the way) problem and it seems that there is nothing we can do about it for the time being as the exterminators are all off on leave for the Chinese New Year! How unfortunate because now we will have to wait until next week to take care of the destructive insects and... in our tropical climate and weather, a few days can bring much devastation when it comes to termites. On the bright side, though, we learnt that the insects are not based off of Ray's apartment unit but have in fact come from outside. Indeed when the Maintenance Guy arrived, he pointed out several mud trails (the termite's own highway) that lead to the wiring access panel that pretty much gives them full run of the entire building.

Of course I'm hoping this only galvanizes the manager into quicker action because, well... if our room on the 11th floor is experiencing the "beginning" of this termite attack well... I can't even begin to imagine what the rooms on the other 10 floors are looking like now! The other good news is that we seem to have arrested their entry into the unit temporarily because Ray and I head off to DIY and got ourselves some termite poison and sprayed lightly into the wooden cracks in the skirting where they have been sneaking in from the outside. Suffice to say the stuff is extremely potent (we had to be so careful in using it) and it seems to poison them whenever they try to take a bite out of the wood (even some 4 days after the original spraying date!!!) and we've had termites emerge from the crack groggily only to die several steps later. I think they've given up because for now all termite activity seems to be limited to the outside, where the windows and electronic access panel are. 

Termites dying as they enter the premises
Termite workers guarded by soldiers (the ones with the larger orange heads) working outside.
Now, I consider myself a very merciful guy (usually) when it comes to most creeping crawling pests... but these insects have caused me no end of consternation so you will excuse me if I am wishing for nothing more right now than their speedy and ultimate destruction... of course if there were a more peaceful way (for example, if they were to just pack their bags and leave with a congenial "goodbye!") I'd be all for it. But as it stands... I sure hope my next update on the TERMITES!!! post will be littered with the corpses of deceased isopterans.


We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics

1 comment:

savante said...

Check all your wooden furniture. Get the exterminators!! Hate those bugs as well.