Termite Mud Tubes

Termite Mud Tubes

One sign of a termite infestation is termite mud tubes.  Termites build tubes made out of mud and termite feces called “mud tubes.”  These tubes are used to travel back and forth from the termites’ colony to the structure they are invading.  The average size of a mud tube is about the diameter of a pencil.  They can sometimes be seen going up the side of the foundation as the termites make a way to get from the soil inside the structure.  They look like long lines of dried mud.  Once inside the home, termites may continue to build
tubes as they look to find more wood.  Sometimes these are hanging from other structures.

Examine your foundation walls and support beams for evidence of mud tubes.  Break apart one of the tubes to examine the inside.  If you see small, white colored insects, these are worker termites.  Sometimes swarmers are also in the tubes, and these will have long wings as seen in these pictures.  Even if no termites are seen, do not assume the termite tube is not active.  Further inspection and evaluation is best left to pest control experts.  Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year because they go unnoticed.

Take a walk around your home to see if you notice anything suspicious.  Then call us for a full inspection and keep your home protected!