Re: termites, OT?
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From: "Judy Seigel" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2008 6:26 PM
Subject: Re: termites, OT?
Bob, I rarely bet less than a million dollars, but I'd bet
at least 75 cents those are NOT termite holes, but worm
holes. I've had some experience with termites, and they
don't leave neat little holes, they leave a chewed up
mess. We had some under the floor boards when we bought
this house, and it looked like sawdust heaven.
Besides which, termites don't just crawl somewhere, and
suddenly dig in. They get wherever they're going through
mud tunnels, that is, leave a trail-- and mess. It's
possible of course that in Barbados the termites perform
differently, but, I'd bet at least 50 cents that those are
worm holes. I'm trying to think now of the extremely
clever painter, or alt photographer, who faked old
illuminations down to his hand-tooled worm holes...
Someone on this list is bound to remember, because I think
we talked about them here...
In any event, FWIW, I mention that the treatment for the
termites infesting house, yard and cellar, including the
large beam holding up the house (as I may have already
noted) was perimeter drilling with chlordane, when you
could still use residual chemicals. (Outlawed now.)
BUT.... worms are something else. My guess (a layperson's
guess, you understand) is that if you turn every page and
search carefully, and see no signs of eggs, empty skins,
whatever, they've done gone on to the next album, but look
carefully, brush any dust or debris you see, and charge
extra for the worm holes. However, if you possibly can,
check with a paper restorer... or maybe even google
"poison for bookworms" -- or like that.
Anyway, termites don't make neat holes, they make shreds,
at least in houses & fences...
FWIW, I've had experience with similar holes and eaten
areas from silverfish. They are enormously destrtructive but
will not eat certain kinds of paper or bindings. If you have
silverfish you will probably see them, they look like little
monster movie monsters. There are powders you can scatter to
get rid of them, I don't know how effective any of them are
and they are probably all toxic.
Los Angeles, CA, USA