Recently, on two separate occasions we have found hundreds of dead and a couple of live termites in our bathtub. Most of them had lost their wings. We have found no entrance ways other than the faucet. Where are they coming from and what do we need to do?
Thank you for your time,
When you find large numbers of winged termites indoors it is probably an indication of an infestation in the walls. In your area these could be either the native subterranean termites or Formosan termites which are more damaging or even drywood termites if you live near the SC coast (see the map on http://www.livingwithbugs.com/drywood_termite.html). The first step is to get an accurate id through your county Extension office (www.extension.org). Then the home may need to be treated but the treatment will depend on which termite is present, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/termite.html for background info about termites. When you get an id I'd be glad to discuss control options at that time.
I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.
I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.