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Termite Tubes

Termite Tubes

Are there termite tubes on the side of your home? Why are they there and what do they want?

 

These tubes are called exploratory tubes. The colonies send out “scouts” to look for the food supply. This is another reason not to put a wood pile next to your home. Termites have awesome sensors on their bodies. They can feel a change in temperatures when they are under a slab. The temperature will change when they come across a crack in the slab. The same happens when the scouts encounter a crack in the stem wall or under the stucco exterior walls. If your home has been foamed with our formulation there is no real danger because the chemical is inside the wall but if there isn’t a barrier to protect your home the scout returns to the colony lets everyone know where the food is. Normally there isn’t one colony that attacks a home, it’s several. Each colony can have a population of a million or more of termites in them. So you can see there has been a lot of scout termites looking for food for that size of a family.

Weather effects the colonies. Here in southern Arizona the colonies are most active during the rainy season, but they are active year around. In the winter we tell our clients to keep a look out for them around their hot water heaters and furnaces. The slabs will be warmer in those areas and there are pipes that go through the slab, which creates cracks. Then of course there is a water supply for the hot water heaters.