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Re: Termite moulds

Unread postby gwendolen » Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:59 pm

Pieter Steyn wrote:I beg to differ from your gays stating that the forum is not the right place to ask about pest control.

Hi Pieter,
The topics we post here should be related to SANParks, I'm afraid the termites enjoying your hospitality don't fall under that category. :D
Sending SAHGCA-UCT a PM is a good idea.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:51 am

As from all you have said here I certainly suggest that you get some expert advice that can guarantee you a solution and better still give you the right advice. The last thing I would like to see happening here is that your wife gets a asthma attack or you suffering even more damage to your home and surroundings as a result of the wrong information given by someone on the forum.

As I have mentioned earlier... You could not have received any piece more worse advice then Tobacco dust.

I recall a program on RSG once discussing your dilemma in detail with possible solutions. Maybe try and contact them for a copy of the program they had broadcasted.

I agree that its a integral part of nature, but I reckon you need sound advice on how to cope with this. Hope you understand.

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Re: Termite moulds

Unread postby Jumbo » Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:02 pm

Pieter Steyn wrote:I did not ask any question about pest concontrol , I wanted to know if there is anybody whom can advice how get rid of them.
(meaning with out chemicals), I have also mentioned that I have to be carefull with what I use due to the fact that my wife is Asthmatic. I deffinitely do not want to course her having
an attack.


I’m taking the risk to continue with the off-topic discussion above by recommending a more “eco-friendly” way to deal with a termite problem…..seeing that it might save a few birds or other creatures from poisoning I hope my transgression will be allowed. :?
By pure chance I found out that sunflower oil kills termites immediately. I have been controlling our termite problem in Marloth (the chemical way just did not keep them away) by opening the termite nests and pouring sunflower oil down the holes. The termites die within a few seconds and having used this method a few months now, it also appears they do not return to rebuild a nest.

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby bentley » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:58 am

I snapped this shot of ...the beginings a new mound
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Imagine how long it takes to make one that engulfs trees :hmz:
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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:34 pm

Over the weekend I found these tiny mounds (3-5cm high) around my pool. I left themto see what would happen. Well when I got home from work today I saw them, one by one exiting the mounds and flying off to the west. Can anyone give me info on these little chaps please. The full length of each on is not much more the 1cm including the wing length.

The mound with a couple of heads visible

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One of them emerging

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One out and ready to set flight

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:50 pm

Thank you Sprocky :thumbs_up:

When I lived in the Free State, termites were a real problem. They would happily bour their way through our foundation, carpet and whatever available. :evil:

One day, in pure deseration, I bought a termite poison. I found a mound :thumbs_up: I laid the innocous looking pellets and waited.

For a long time I watched lots of frenetic activity, was drawn into the life of termites...then, suddenly there was nothing... the mound was nothing... it was dead.

I felt as though I had lost a peice of myself.... I could not believe the emptiness felt..

makes you think :hmz: doesn't it?
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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:05 pm

These little chimneys look similar to the ones Sprocky has posted. Does anyone know the name of the inhabitants or can give any information on what is below ground. They emerge directly from the sandy roads in the south west area of KNP

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby Sprocky » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:14 pm

Salamanda, to me they look exactly the same.

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:39 pm

Great, well at least I now know what the inmates look like! Thanks Sprocky - great pics by the way!

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby Sprocky » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:47 am

Here is another one I photographed yesterday in the park. These guys seem pretty artistic when it comes to design.

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Re: Termite Mounds

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:15 am

Ho ! Sprocky, the last one is made of a colony of artist :wink:
veri nice, I saw some too, but normal one
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What insect is this?

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Re: What insect is this?

Unread postby bishop3006 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:30 am

Termite. "Flyers" that leave the nest after rains, when the ground is soft, to establish new colonies. And this usually, but not always, happens later in the afternoon. When they land the female releases pheronomes or some such to attract a male. She becomes the queen, he the king, and they establish a new colony.
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