Quinn Minute – Termites
Published 8:00 am Sunday, May 28, 2023
by Rix Quinn
Termites travel in swarms, and resemble ants. I identify them by putting the UFO (unidentified flying organism) on a piece of wood.
If the creature walks away, it’s an ant. If it flies off and leaves a hole in the wood, it’s a termite.
If it flies away carrying the wood, it’s a termite with superpowers.
Termites devour paper, wood, fence posts, bridges, and even book. (One time I discovered a termite-infested textbook, and I thought I’d found a bookworm.)
Therefore, consider these preventive measures:
- Termites love moisture, so keep water away from your foundation. If you find termites already there, do not teach them to water ski.
- If you keep firewood in your yard, don’t store it near the house. Termites flock to it, and stage an eating frenzy they call “bark in the park.”
- Termites prefer inside living, and break into the house through leaky windows. Remember this slogan: “A termite indoors makes entrees from your floors.”
4.A termite lays several thousand eggs a day, many more than a chicken. However, you can sell hen eggs, and a chicken won’t eat your house.
- If you find a suspicious flying bug, look him up in an insect guide. If he eats the page while you’re reading it, he’ll make a lousy pet.
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