Termites are an exceptionally destructive pest. A colony can quickly threaten the overall integrity of your home and cause significant structural damage. One of the tell-tale signs of an infestation is the presence of termite tubes, thin tunnels of mud-serving as a pathway from the insect colony to their food source.
However, you might be thinking what are termite tubes, and how do you go about finding them and dealing with them? In this blog, we will explore how termites work and provide you with helpful tips for protecting your home. If you suspect that your home has termites, call Drake Lawn & Pest Control for a termite inspection in Orlando.
What are Termite Tubes?
Termites instinctively shelter themselves while they work, to protect themselves and gain sustenance for their colony while mitigating risks. There are several reasons why they build these functional structures out of saliva, waste, and nearby dirt.
- To avoid natural hunters
- To maintain moisture levels by remaining in the soil
- To obtain food in otherwise difficult places
Moisture is a must for subterranean pests like termites and being hidden from predators is a significant benefit of using the tubes for foraging for food. Bypassing manmade obstacles is made much easier by crafting the tunnels to go over or around anything standing between them and the wood they require for consumption. Tubes don’t adhere to solid surfaces like wood beams or the foundation of your home. Termite tubes are surprisingly durable and can be free-standing. Termites will often use free-standing tubes to reach wood beams in your attic.
Can I Remove the Tubes?
If termites’ tubes are dry and crumble on contact, then the termites may have moved on. However, even if it’s dry, there is no guarantee they are gone. Dried-out tubes may indicate that the termites used that tube as a point-of-entry and are now elsewhere inside your home. Active tunnels will still have busy termites present, or at the very least still, be damp. Removing any or all parts of a termite tube will not eradicate the threat. It’s essential to keep in mind that the tunnels only serve as an outward symptom of a much larger issue beneath the surface.
Here’s the bottom line. When you see termite tubes, that’s the time for you to call in the experts here at Drake Lawn & Pest Control. Dry or not, tubes indicate termite activity of some kind. Termites are fond of re-colonizing, even if all the former colonists have been removed from your property. You will need to take an active stand in defending your home against these annoying invaders.
How Should You Address the Problem?
Regardless of whether the tunnels are in active use or not, if you discover termite tubes around your house, the best thing you can do is call in a professional to inspect and diagnose the situation. Here in Central Florida, those professionals are found at Drake Lawn & Pest Control. Contact us today to schedule your termite inspection and finally be rid of those pests for good.