Posted by John Fasoldt on 11:03:16 12/26/2013 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Termite? posted by Ken on 16:50:18 12/24/2013 from 126.96.36.199:
Sorry, Ken. Been away. As far as the photos are concerned, it's sometimes hard to tell without a personal examination. Many times I see signs of both.
Let's put it this way: termites will bring dirt up from the ground, so in infested wood you will probably see that dirt.
Then, occasionally, you might note that the termites disappear (they do that sometimes) and ants (of many kinds) may take over the old termite damage.
Generally, the termite fill the interior with dirt, to protect the workers. The workers require 100% darkness and just about the same amount of moisture. Their dirt tunnels keep it that way.
As opposed to ants, who will tend to make clean galleries, so they can pass through easily.
If you have no sample insects to observe, the age of the substrate can make it difficult to determine if it is active, in pause, or dead.
Regardless, if ants or termites have easy access to whatever it is that is affected, you need to fix that. If it is in contact with the ground, and/or hidden from view, you won't notice what's happening until some kind of event.
You might have two problems, or prior problems, here... At any rate, fixing the moisture problem, altering the environment, and treatment with Termidor (or all) might be appropriate here.
Using Termidor, treat the ground where the problem comes from, it should take care of the ants and the termites. Then WATCH that area in the future.
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From where I sit, since it's not wet, and I think I see it mostly all hollowed out, I would guess that ants might be the latest inhabitant. (They can't both subsist together.)
I believe these are your pictures:
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