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Stronger than a skunk!

I am really not all that big.

But I am strong!

I am bigger than some of my cousins,

but much smaller than a breadbox.

I might like to get in your breadbox though,

if you are careless enough to leave it open.

I won’t "eat" your house—

--mostly because it does not taste as good as stuff in your breadbox or garden.

I (or more accurately we) will however,

ravenously tunnel through your home's beams and other wood structures.

I love Styrofoam too!

When I am done, the wood will look like convoluted, complicated, corrugated cardboard--

--but not as strong.

I love "C's" can't you tell?

I (or more accurately we) will leave mountains of sawdust for you to find---

---in some unrelated far off part of the house,

or perhaps inside a wall to be found in 100 years,

because we have nothing but time to do so.

If you vigilantly watch your driveway or walkway,

You might see me bringing home a snack.

I am really not all that big—

--but I am STRONG!

carpenter ant

I am Carpenter Ant---there's that "C" again!

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 13 commentsCharles Buell • August 30 2013 06:05AM
Stronger than a skunk!
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I am really not all that big. But I am strong! I am bigger than some of my cousins, but much smaller than a breadbox. I might like to get in your breadbox though, if you are careless enough to leave it open. I won… more
The King may like their throne better than the Queen!
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Albino spiders are never a good sign!
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How to make room for Ping Pong
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In the following pictures, most people will see a nice, wide open, covered patio with plenty of room for the ping pong table. What the home inspector will see is: “What the heck is holding up the roof? ” If you look at this next… more
Plum pits with milk!
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It was another unbelievable day in the Northwest and I was out in the garden seeing what I could find to eat when I heard a very loud banging sound coming from the other side of the house. I felt a panic in my heart as I raced around the… more
Can-lites becoming can-vents & the oxymoron of fiberglass…
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While what I am about to say seems ludicrous—even to me—but fiberglass insulation is pretty close to being an oxymoron. Sure, it is certainly better than nothing, but how much better than nothing is the real question. Since the 1970’s I have… more
If it wasn’t for gravity…….
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One question—how good is your insurance policy?
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While we all would love to have a moat around our castle, today’s castles general don’t have to be too concerned with how well they can deter invading marauders or emissaries from Game of Thrones. If today’s castles can keep out an occasional… more
I hear you now!
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Sometimes when things are not quite working, we have to listen to what the problem is saying and attempt to channel that energy in the proper direction. Sometimes it takes VERY big ears to hear even the simplest problems. Sometimes we have to… more