Termite’s nest

When you walk in the Black River Gorges, you come across these funny looking mud-like structures in the trees.


Termite's nest


These are in fact termites’ nests and they are made of a combination of soil, mud, chewed wood, saliva and feces. The nest consist of an elaborate maze of tunnels, galleries and chambers. The tunnels lead out of the nest and can be very extensive. They usually go down the tree trunk and under the ground, where they can cover an area as large as a football field.

They come in all sizes and shapes.


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Here you can see what the termites look like. This was taken from the inside of a tree that had fell down as a result of the termites eating it up!




Have you seen those termitariums before? Where did you see them? What’s the biggest one you’ve ever seen?


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  1. We’ve seen a giant one yesterday while jogging in Daruty forest (Petit Raffrey), I was wondering what it was…. as always your website is so precious and resourceful! thank you

    1. Unfortunately they are not easily removed because of the extensive galleries they create under the ground. There are some companies who specialize in termites removal and preventive treatment. You should query about pest control companies in your area to see if they offer such a service.

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