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Donn,

thanks for the notice. I'm over in Montgomery County.

Today was the warmest day we've had in a while. I keep checking the areas where I know there were termites the previous year but they are bare. With termites, is it usually...here one day, gone the next? Or do they slowly populate the logs, starting inside and moving out?

I don't know if anyone actually knows the answers to these questions.

I'm hoping that I'll return to these sites and see them teeming with those little buggers.

Thanks for all the feedback guys!
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I am by no means a specialist on termites but it has been my exsperience that when it is cold or cooler, they are in the ground (hibernating?) and not so much the wood. If you get a nice warm day with some sun shinning down on the stumps to warm them they will become active and begin moving to the surface. The termites I have been collecting lately are VERY inactive, almost lifeless until I get them home and the room temperature warms them to a point and they really come alive.Also the wood needs to be a little moist so that the it is soft enough for them to tear, not dry and hard. Just a few things that I look for and some points that may help you find some sweets for your frogs.

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How do I find termites?

How do I find them? Just go out in the woods and bust open some soft logs?
 
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I'm going termite hunting today!! I'll also be bringing along my supplies to set trhe trapping holes I dug last fall. Hope I find some!!


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The way I get mine is to go out to the woods and look for stumps and rotting logs that have fallen. I take a machette (hope I spelled that right) and chop the stumps edges down to the soil. This is where the termites are because the wood is cooler and moist. I do not try to get termites but pieces of wood with termites in them. Then I take the pieces of wood home and bust them open and get the termites out of them. I use a hunting knife and a screwdriver to pry the wood oped and keep from killing to many of the termites. I dust the termites and feed them to the frogs. Hope this helps some, if you have any other questions just ask.

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TonyT said:
The way I get mine is to go out to the woods and look for stumps and rotting logs that have fallen. I take a machette (hope I spelled that right) and chop the stumps edges down to the soil. This is where the termites are because the wood is cooler and moist. I do not try to get termites but pieces of wood with termites in them. Then I take the pieces of wood home and bust them open and get the termites out of them. I use a hunting knife and a screwdriver to pry the wood oped and keep from killing to many of the termites. I dust the termites and feed them to the frogs. Hope this helps some, if you have any other questions just ask.

TonyT
thanks for the info. I would like to give termites a shot...just didnt know exactly what to look for.
 

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another way to get them out of the wood is to slowly dip the wood into a bucket of water... the termites flee from the water to the wood still above water. I use this to concentrate all the termites into the end, then quickly take the wood out of the water and smack it over a bucket or rubbermaid. A lot will be crawling along the outside, and you get more termite less wood this way.

Sometimes termite logs have little termite holes already in the logs, a sign that they are in residence, or at least were. Nice spongy feeling logs are the ones they tend to be in, and a nice hatchet will open these up quickly for a check. Be ready to step away quickly need be, sometime ants have raided colonies and these guys do NOT like to be messed with.

Mont. Co. has some parks and great wooded areas (my parents live in Howard, right next door!) so check these out for fallen logs. Loch Raven Resivor just north of Baltimore is my favorite termite hunting ground currently, I get nice batches on warm days when its been wet.
 
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