Do Not disturb the termites
Do not touch or spray
Cover the area where you found the termites
If you have poked or pulled the timber away looking for live termites, cover it as quickly as you can. We recommend using cloth tape or any thick tape that stops light and air going into the termites’ workings. We want to have the opportunity to apply a controlling agent to the live termites before they flee away.
The video below clearly illustrates what termites will do when they are disturbed. If an opening is made into their workings, the soldier termites will quickly rush to defend the breach. They will bite your fingers and extrude a milky latex liquid. They also make a knocking noise with their hads to raise the alarm. If you leave them alone, they will plug the breach with a mud packing. They never like to be exposed.