Late every summer–on some warm evening–it seems some nutcase Dampwood Termite alate (that means winged reproductive) flies through my office window and lands on my computer screen. They are most likely attracted to the light–much like a moth.
This is actually pretty common at that time of year as they are out and about looking for places to start new infestations. (I hope they do not know something about my house that I do not know.)
At any rate I think it is a little ironic that they would pick the window of a Licensed Structural Pest Inspector to fly into.
Here is one that I trapped under my pocket magnifying lens on the top of my desk.
The critter immediately shed its wings and prepared to do battle with me–but unfortunately for the termite I am way bigger–and in a sense, more destructive. While I may be defending my castle, the poor termite is merely doing its job.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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