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When Termites Attack, a Listener Listens

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When Termites Attack, a Listener Listens

When Termites Attack, a Listener Listens

When Termites Attack, a Listener Listens

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Listener Eve Abrams of New Orleans records the swarming of termites in a lamp in her house. The critters make a crunching sound as they flutter and eat. A SoundClip, if there ever was one.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Today's SoundClip comes from a listener and homeowner in Louisiana.

Ms. EVE ABRAMS (Louisiana Homeowner): My name is Eve Abrams and I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. There is something that happens here every June, which is that the termites swarm. So all the underground nests hatch and the termites take flight. And I turned on the light in my bedroom without closing the door.

(Soundbite of termites flying)

Ms. ABRAMS: And they immediately just swarmed inside of the - the light we have one of those big, white, paper lanterns, like a Chinese paper lantern around the light.

And they were just swarming. Inside, there are thousands of them. And I - my neighbor, my next-door neighbor, Monique(ph), was over, helping me through the horror of the termites swarming inside the house. And she said, you should record that. So I stuck my microphone up into the lantern and that's the sound that you hear, the termites swarming inside my shotgun house in New Orleans.

(Soundbite of termites flying)

BLOCK: A termite home invasion captured by Eve Abrams. If your life is defined, invaded or enhanced or even creeped out by a particular sound that you want share with us, visit npr.org and search for SoundClips.

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