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Old 7th July 2019, 11:37 PM
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As most know we (3 months ago) moved into our house on the beach and though most things are good including "it's more fun in the Philippines" and "no sir we can't do that" our biggest problem is the termites, they are everywhere both inside and out.
It appears that they have always been here and the previous owner did little or nothing about them.
2 months ago we contracted a pest control company and while they have been great and come here every week to rebait the traps they are still here with the same intentions. 3 weeks ago they dug up 4 nests and removed some queens and a couple of kings (the queens are huge) but said there are most likely more but eventually the baits will take them out.
Onto ants; we noticed plenty of ant activity inside as well as outside the house and never bothered with what was going on outside but continually sprayed those inside. Then the termites started coming into the house, big time in the master bedroom through one of the power points as well as them investigating other entries........ I remember the termite guys telling us not to kill the ants outside as they are the predators of the termites but ok inside,,,,,,,,, big mistake.
Careful observation reveals that the ants are inside attacking the new infestations/entry of our new enemies so we now let them lurk with intent. Interesting to watch 4 or 5 little black ants removing each body.
It appears to be too late once the termites have created their tunnels and we are ever vigilant to keep them away from out delicious furniture and I do recall another member suggesting not to bring western furniture to the Philippines, touché indeed as they have not touched the timber trusses nor battens in the roof structure.

We have 14 in the ground traps and 4 internal boxes that these guys refill every week (hungry little blighters) and it goes on.
BTW this contract for 1 year was only PHP 14K and while they are here all the time rebating and advising the termite saga continues.

Cheers, Steve.
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Anywhere in the tropics insects are going to be a problem.

I had significant cockroach problem on the 43 floor in Manila. Sprays, extreme cleaning did not appear to work so I ordered roach motels from Amazon. Several filled up in a couple days but after about 3 weeks the infestation was manageable.
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We all have our bug bears' and for us cockroaches have not been seen here to date but if you want termites or ants even a few cane toads feel free to give me a shout but I'm sure on the 43rd floor there wouldn't be anything to sustain them Rick. Good to hear you have your problem controlled, just wish it was that easy for us up here in the boon docks.

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trouble with living in a multi-unit building is if the others people don't keep the cock roaches under control then it is a never ending battle for one unit to keep them out. The roaches travel.

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I am building my beach house in Samal right now. Ground floor is block and render, upper floor is all timber. In anticipation of the termites I'm treating all the wood with 3 coats of solignum. Fingers crossed it'll be enough to keep the bugs at bay.
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We have roaches and ants and termites, ants are the biggest problem they get everywhere !
Even in the Kettle after the water ! All opened foodstuffs now go in the fridge, our sugar jar has a plasticfood bag folded over the top and the the lid screwed tight,same for the coffee !
Recently bought a large box of sugar coated mini wheats which the little blighters found a way into the unopend bags ! Now in airtight containers in the fridge ! The wife puts some things in bowls on top of large cups standing in water, but some ants sacrificed themselves in the water so others could reach the cups and then the food in the bowls, all my cakes,chocolates ,biscuits etc are kept in the fridge !
They dont like the cold so none inside as of yet !
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I lived in an up and down in quezon city,loved my neighborhood. The building was really old and not well kept. It had wood floors,double floors with a space between where red ants and cockroaches would hide. Woke up several mornings to find big bites on my sides...Figured it was the red ants. One day I was telling my neighbor and he said show me. I pulled up my shirt and he went EEK......Ipis!!!! Steve that's not ants that's cockroach bites!!! So I got iodine and amoxicillian. He told me let boy come and show u what to do. So I did. He showed me the good hiding spots and the good spray and took care of it pretty good. My gf at that time would leave plates sit with fish skeletons in the sink at bedtime...omg them boogers like meat. You could get up and turn the light on and see a dozen scurrying from the sink!!! She didn't stay my gf for long!!! She was a beauty but Very native!!
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If you folks have a resource abroad to send you Acephate,you might want to try that.I've read some very positive reports on this product working on a wide range of nuisance bugs.

Ants were the bane of my existence while I lived there,and we literally stored everything in the fridge or freezer.I used to use a shop vac and vacuum those little ******s by the thousands.I detest ants now,and see them even when they are not there.Lol


the ****** is for bug-gers.sheesh. I wonder what the software would do if you actually used a real cuss word?Probably implode into a black hole and the whole universe would cease to exist. lol
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hey guys,

trouble with living in a multi-unit building is if the others people don't keep the cock roaches under control then it is a never ending battle for one unit to keep them out. The roaches travel.

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If you folks have a resource abroad to send you Acephate,you might want to try that.I've read some very positive reports on this product working on a wide range of nuisance bugs.

Ants were the bane of my existence while I lived there,and we literally stored everything in the fridge or freezer.I used to use a shop vac and vacuum those little ******s by the thousands.I detest ants now,and see them even when they are not there.Lol


the ****** is for bug-gers.sheesh. I wonder what the software would do if you actually used a real cuss word?Probably implode into a black hole and the whole universe would cease to exist. lol
While ants can be a pain we have no problem in the kitchen nor most other rooms, they are busy in the 2 bathrooms and our master bedroom and we let them be now because we see they are intent on the termites and dismember them and cart them to god knows where and while vicious with the unwanted guests leave us alone and to date not a problem, we see them every day going about their business and we praise their macabre work and them alone.
If we leave any food on the bench in the kitchen or don't wipe/clean properly the ants come in droves, learnt that week one. We trust and pray that the termite dudes do their job properly and the ants contribute.
The ants don't bother us unless we are slack with hygiene and as said was sorted in the first week here.

Cheers, Steve.
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