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#1 of 5 Old 10-14-2009, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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ERRRR

Love our sandbox with stumps surrounding it.

DD loves to play with the sand and water

TOday i found about a million termtites in the sand, on the stumps etc.

Did some research and im pretty sure they are dampwood - which will not come in the house and eat drywood, which is a relief i guess

but we have to get rid of our stumps and somehow, probably chemically, treat the ground and sand

in the meantime dd has nowhere to play....
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Wondering why you have to get rid of them or at least why you have to treat the ground and sand?

In our last house we had many large stumps that had termites. The way it was explained to me is that they're always in the soil, we generally just don't end up noticing them.
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o so maybe we dont have to do anything? that's just what i came up with from my online research. They definitely look like dampwood termites not drywood and i am only seeing them oustide in the stumps and under them there is larva.

Havent really noticed before but we had our first big rain yesterdy and today is hot and pretty dry and all the sudden there are millions of them flying and on the ground and in the dirt, its just kind of gross. I would assume they would get more populated. I mean it's not like dd can play there now with bugs on everything, theyre like ants all over everything.
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its pretty common to have that problem this time of year, especially right after rain.
you wont see them in the summer, and it can be really harmfull to chemically treat for them as they keep ants away that can end up in your house, but the termites usually just stay outside.

i would leave them be, when it dries up they'll go back underground
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all the sudden there are millions of them flying and on the ground and in the dirt, its just kind of gross. I would assume they would get more populated. I mean it's not like dd can play there now with bugs on everything, theyre like ants all over everything.
This would happen for us only like once every two years. It's their hatch, but just because it seems overwhelming doesn't mean that it will stay this way. It might be different for you and your climate, but you may be surprised, I was always shocked about how they would totally disappear (unless you were digging around).
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