(As adapted from Andre Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night)
heightens winged sensations . . .
Termites stir and
wake imagination . . .
Silently the houses
abandon their defences . . .
night unfurls its splendour . . .
Smoosh them, swat them -
tremulous and tender . . .
Turn off all the switches
Try not to have the twitches,
turn your thoughts away
from cold, unfeeling light -
and listen to
the music of termites . . .
As I called our pest control company this morning, I imagined the phone attendant having a sheet of information in front of her that detailed how to calm the fears of homeowners. Formosan Termites swarm during May and June. Certain colony members sprout wings in the hopes of making a new colony as they fly from home. They flock to lights, hence the advice I received this morning to turn off all our lights in the evening. I am also not to cook with my vent hood light lit. The things dropped from the range hood! Thankfully, I was through cooking, or we'd have gotten a bit more protein in our meal. Although, chimpanzees like ants and probably termites, so we would probably like them. Our DNA is similar.
I was told to not panic if I found a few of them in the house. Hundreds of discarded wings near a window or such places might indicate an infestation, though. If I see that, I'm calling again. We do have the bait stations around the house, which have been inactive (good) since we moved here. Tonight, we sit in the dark, curtains drawn, eating cold food. Although I'm not supposed to be panicked, I am creeped out.
The link above leads you to information on the Formosan termite as compiled by the University of Florida.