In the last month we have dealt with Caribbean termites trying to become roommates with us.
First, I went to wash a load of clothes one morning and saw “sand” coming out of the outlet on the wall. I flicked some of the “sand” off and termites began crawling out!
See the “sand” coming from the outlet? Gross.
In the States, this would be something awful to find… but apparently it’s very common in the Caribbean. It honestly doesn’t make sense to me… we live in a concrete house made without wooden studs (cement blocks and rebar). We have a wooden roof, but that is in the upstairs apartment and they aren’t having termite problems… yet. Our apartment backs up on a hill so obviously there is a colony in the hill on the other side of our back wall.
So, a company similar-ish to Terminex came out to spray behind the outlet.
What was left after he sprayed
The outlet cover had to dry off on the porch for 24 hours
I couldn’t plug the washer back in for a couple of days but afterwards, we cleaned it up and moved on with life.
Until last weekend.
We came home on a Sunday night, flipped on the bathroom light to give Maddy a shower and tons of termites were coming up from the sink drain.
You know those horror movies when bugs come out of drains, toilets and showers?
It was like that.
They were all over the place! In the sink, on the counters, for some reason the ones that made it to the floor were dead… we even found some behind the toilet and in the shower!
I closed the door and prayed not to have nightmares. Maddy is still scared to wash her hands in the sink.
So the Terminex-ish company came out again to spray but this time in the bathroom. Apparently they weren’t just coming up through the drain but also tried to nest in the light fixture.
He said they will never come back where he sprays… they will just find a new place and then he will come back out again.
Hopefully it won’t get worse…
And on the bright side… they may be coming in our house, but at least we know the house structure is still safe… since they don’t eat concrete.