Have you ever heard of the term subterranean termite tubes? Probably not but these little creatures are members of the termite family and have a unique housing method that we want to share with you. Not only are these termites creative, they are dangerous and can cause major damage quickly to the structure of your home. Subterranean termites are the smallest of the termite family and are often difficult to detect without the help of a professional termite specialist
Below are some recent pictures one of out one of our inspectors took at an inspection he did under a clients home in Modesto, CA. These are subterranean termite tubes. Notice that some of the tubes are being built by the termites reaching into thin air from the ground up. They’ll work to build a mud tube to span a distance because they can’t be exposed to air. Once they create their safe little moisture tube from the ground up to the wood in a home, they’ll start to work on shredding away at the wood in the foundation of your home! These incredible little creatures are perfectly suited to decompose dead wood but in the right condition and can go unseen for quite a long time. Subterranean termites can be quite dangerous because they are so small and work quickly.
damage in Modesto is a growing problem. With regular pest control visits and occasional termite inspections, you can be confident that your home is safe from termites all year long. Learn more about our termite inspection services HERE.