Posted by Larry E on 13:38:11 5/10/2012 from 18.104.22.168:
In reply to: Re: Termite Odor posted by Michael Leaming on 23:52:19 9/27/2007 from 22.214.171.124:
I worked for a large exterminating company many years ago with an older man with limited education. He was one of the smartest men I ever knew! He always said when we were doing termite inspections that he could smell them and I scoffed. He was right 100 % of the time though. He had been working in the termite business for 25 years when I met him. He opened an active termite tunnel on some wood in a wall and I knew what he meant. They must produce some chemical as they devour the cellulose and build the tunnels since they have to have moisture also to hold the tunnels together. I hadn't thought of it for years until a few months ago and I started smelling a pungent, almost sickeningly sweet odor, that smelled like body odor and bad tennis shoes in a spare bedroom in our house that sits on slab. I tried airing the room out, cleaning the carpet , washing the linens and curtains, cleaning the closet out, and anything I could think of. Then it dawned on me. It was the smell I remembered from 30 years ago. I moved a dresser and under the window sill was some termite damage. I started removing sheetrock and to my horror they had been in the wall and damaged wood under the window and three 10' wall studs. I am in the process of repairing the wall and having the house treated now. Does anyone know how to get the smell out. It is lingering even after replacing the wood and removing the insulation. It really is a gagging odor.
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