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I performed a home inspection yesterday. As is my custom, I went to do the crawl space last. The crawl space access panel was open, with a piece of the under floor insulation blocking entry, first bad sign. I found a stick and moved the insulation to the side to be engulfed by a swarm of flies, second bad sign. After clearing my view of the flies, approximately 2 feet in was a dead cat, well I guess by this point would have been a carcass, third and last bad sign for me. I went back into the home and let the realtor know that the crawl needed to be cleaned out before I would go under the home. For some, going into this environment is exciting, for me, not so much. Long story short, the listing agent had the crawl cavity "cleaned" and there were 4 other carcasses removed along with "some of the fallen insulation. Here are a few picks of this beauty.

Single story home built in 1907. Approx 950 sq ft.

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How about a little fun quiz - The responses from across the country should be interesting.

4th Picture from the top - What made this damage?

1. Rot and subterranean termites

2. Rot and powder-post beetles

3. Rot and carpenter ants

3. Rot and pacific dampwood termites

4. Rot and moisture ants

5. Rot and annobiidae (death watch beetles)

6th Photo from the top - What made this damage?

1. Rot and subterranean termites

2. Rot and powder-post beetles

3. Rot and carpenter ants

3. Rot and pacific dampwood termites

4. Rot and moisture ants

5. Rot and annobiidae (death watch beetles)

8th photo from the top - What made this damage?

1. Rot and subterranean termites

2. Rot and powder-post beetles

3. Rot and carpenter ants

3. Rot and pacific dampwood termites

4. Rot and moisture ants

5. Rot and annobiidae (death watch beetles)

Rob, wait till you get a dozen or so responses before you declare a winner.

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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OK, I don't think we're gonna get any more responses on this one. Jim is on the money. Scott was close, just wrong species of termite.

Jim, it wasn't beer causing that pic, but me in the middle of wondering what the hell I was doing in that nasty crawl. It was one of those, ain't this a b****h and welcome to my world type moments:)

Thanks for the replies guys.

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In my defense [:-paperba , It is often hard for me to gauge the real size of things when I'm looking at a photo.

We do have a pretty glamorous job don't we !!?? [:-tong2]

I found these little cuties a while back !

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PDWT!

For you easterners, the drones are about 1/2 to 5/8 inch long and the soldiers with full head on close to 3/4-inch long.

I used to have a little terrarium sitting on my desk with a rotten piece of wood in it and about 5,000 PDWT. One day I forgot to put the lid back on after dropping a fresh piece of rotten wood into the tank. I left and when I came back from the job my crow was sitting on the edge of the tank drowsing and looking very bloated. Not a single termite left in the tank!

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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. . . I used to have a little terrarium sitting on my desk with a rotten piece of wood in it and about 5,000 PDWT. One day I forgot to put the lid back on after dropping a fresh piece of rotten wood into the tank. I left and when I came back from the job my crow was sitting on the edge of the tank drowsing and looking very bloated. Not a single termite left in the tank!

For the record, if you toast them, they taste like cashews.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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In my defense [:-paperba , It is often hard for me to gauge the real size of things when I'm looking at a photo.

We do have a pretty glamorous job don't we !!?? [:-tong2]

I found these little cuties a while back !

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Those look almost identical to the Formosan termite in size.

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. . . I used to have a little terrarium sitting on my desk with a rotten piece of wood in it and about 5,000 PDWT. One day I forgot to put the lid back on after dropping a fresh piece of rotten wood into the tank. I left and when I came back from the job my crow was sitting on the edge of the tank drowsing and looking very bloated. Not a single termite left in the tank!

For the record, if you toast them, they taste like cashews.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

The termites or the cat carcases?[:-crazy]

Tom

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