06:24PM | 05/09/05
Member Since: 05/08/05
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Hi folks, just found this site and registered - I hope someone can give me an answer to this as I'm going out of my mind! I'm living in a small and ****ty house in countryside in Japan. I came home yesterday and within 5 mins of arriving I witnessed a termite swarm coming out of my kitchen wall! I grabbed a can of pesticide and about 5 mins later I had millions of dead termites all over the floor, walls etc. Disgusting! I contacted the landlord of this hovel in which I live, and he sent a pest control company over today. They confirmed that there is a nest somewhere within the house and are going to come back.. wait for it.. NEXT WEEK!!!!! I have killed all the termites of yesterday's swarm and vaccuumed up all their corpses.. but I'm terrified that it will happen again and again until the exterminator comes. Can anyone tell me - how often does one nest of termities produce a swarm? Every day??? Or will I not see another for a while?

Please please help!!


07:16PM | 05/09/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Welcome to BV. We don't get many calls here to resolve problems in a ****ty house in Japan. You can at least be thankful that it is not your house being attacked. The swarm will last a very short time, and may not recur. Damage is ongoing and your landlord should be interested in control. Most control measures take some time to be effective, so it may not stop this years swarm anyway. Good informatio on at this address:


07:39PM | 05/09/05
Member Since: 05/08/05
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Thank you sir! That has put my mind at ease a little... so you think I mostly likely won't see another swarm? That's really my main concern right now. I was just lucky to actually BE there when it happened yesterday. If I had been out the blighters would have spread throughout the whole house (its only tiny) and ended up all through my clothes and bedding no doubt! I think I would have gone insane....

Jim D

12:48AM | 05/11/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Leonak - hi, sorry to hear about your experience there. I was assigned at Yokota AB near Tokyo from 1986-1990 and did a lot of driving around the mainland (up to Aomori, down to Fukuoka and Hiroshima). I also made several trips to Okinawa and drove around it (35 minutes total on a slow traffic day) and one trip up to Wakkanai on Hokkaido (took the van, put it on the overnight ferry boat, and drove up). I saw a lot of the Japanese countryside and can only image the termite problems! And, as you pointed out, the average home is very small by western standards...normally 600 sq ft for a 3 BR/1 BA, counting all closets and hallways! I didn't live off base but worked with people who did. It was strange enough for me, at almost 6 ft tall, to be in a hotel in "western style" accommodations, and be able to touch the side walls with my arms outstretched and the bathroom wall with my foot while lying in bed. I never tried the "tube hotels" but knew they were similar to junior enlisted billets on board an American ship...

Did you notice if you killed any with long wings - the queen? If not, then hopefully the exterminators will get the rest of the nest and kill the queen for you. As TomH pointed out, the swarm may not reappear at all...but the exterminators should still lay down some major treatment. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


10:03AM | 05/11/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Appreciate you checking back. I thought about your situation, and being in Japan, you may have a different problem than most of us deal with in the U.S. The Formosan termite is fairly common there. These termites are able to sustain colonies without ground contact and control will be different. Also, swarming behavior is more extended. A good article here:

It appears that swarming can occur over several days or weeks, and requires specific conditions, especially low wind speed. The termites are attracted to light. Control may require fumigation of the entire structure. Good luck with the problem, and I hope you will let us know how it works out.
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