If you come into my garden ........
........you may see orange flags.
There are 30 of them throughout the garden.
You may ask why do I have orange flags growing in the garden. Well, they are so that I can find these little containers when the plants over grow them. And what are the containers for you ask. Well, they are termite stations. Some time ago I discovered termites in a cupboard under the house, where I keep the gardening stuff. I got into a panic thinking that the termites might be eating our house, so I called the termite exterminator. He came to check the house and proclaimed we were lucky as they hadn't got into the house. He was not happy with all the loose timber we had lying under the house nor did he like the bark mulch covering the garden, all of which attracts the termites. I asked him how could we prevent them getting into the house and he suggested installing termite stations all around the house as a barrier.
So we told him to go ahead. $2300 dollars later we had 30 installed. Every month we have to open them and check if there are termites eating the timber slats inside. If there are we call the man. The first time I checked them I found one full of the creepy, white horrid pests. We rang the man.........
He undid the lid with a special key,
but because I had disturbed them most of them had run away. There are just a few on the timber sides.
Anyway he fills the container with a paper pulp poison mixture, which hopefully, they eat and take back to their nest and feed the others. Then he asks for $140 dollars. An expensive feed for the little critters.
Did you notice the ground cover is in flower. I think it is called japonica pachysandra but I'm not sure.
Last week we cleaned out all the timber from under the house and found more of the little blighters. Our dear friend Paul and his son helped us get all the rubbish to the dump. Hopefully we are safe from the termites now.