Should You be Checking for Termite Mounds or Termite Tubes Around Your Houston Area Home
We get questions from people about termite mounds around their homes, when really they should be looking for termite tubes. BUGCO’s Darrell Mather explains in this video. Call us at 281-240-2157 for help in protecting your home from termites. Texas has a high rate of termite infestations, so protect your family and your property by calling or by sending us the contact form.
Summary of the Termite Mounds or Termite Tubes Video
– – Another common question that we get is about termite mounds. So here in our area a common finding is going to be not a mound, but what’s known as a termite tube.
They’ve been built on the exterior of a residence or on a tree. They act as protection for the termites from predators and the weather. Termites aren’t particularly fond of excessive heat, sunlight. You’ll see that really common picture or video of a termite tube, little white guys that when you break it open, they just kind of go scattering. They do not like sunlight so they build the termite tube for protection. And you may see more than one in one area.
Say, for instance, you may see two termite tubes really close together, or you may see just one really wide one that’s a composition of multiple tubes, or they can just have one that’s approximately the size of a pen or a pencil in multiple locations around the property. Now if you were to break it open, if there’s an active infestation, you will see the little white workers possibly go scattering. Now that’s if there’s an active infestation.
However as previously discussed, they may not be active at that residence or at that location at that time. They may have moved to a different location to find moisture or another water source, and then maybe in another week, maybe in two months they may return and use those same tubes or build new ones. That’s something that you want to keep an eye on.
So once again remember to keep your elevation between the soil and the foundation, make sure to keep that clear. Don’t give termites the ability in the first place to be invited to your residence. So keep your soil low around the foundation and keep the soil surrounding your foundation dry. Even if you water the foundation or water the plants, that’s fine, that’s going to dry up within the day. It’s the excessive moisture, the houses without gutters.
If you do have wood rot, if you ever do find signs of wood rot on the exterior, near the garage, backdoor, windows, that’s something that you’re going to want to budget to replace sooner rather than later because that is an open invitation for termite activity. So, as well as the mulch beds that we had discussed, every year you’re probably going to want to go ahead and change out the mulch. If you just keep adding to it, well, that wood is going to degrade overtime, and once again open invitation for termite infestation.
Your Termite Mounds May Actually be Ant Mounds
Some ants create mounds around your yard and those might be mistaken for termite mounds. Your best solution is to call BUGCO Pest Control for an inspection and if treatment is needed, a proposal for doing the treatment. Call us at 281-240-2157.
Why Call BUGCO Pest Control?
BUGCO’s professional technicians use the latest and most effective methods to find and eliminate termites from your home. We use Termidor (please click for the brochure — Termidor Brochure), which is the most effective termite elimination strategy on the market today. We also recommend the Trelona ATBS system (please click for the Trelona brochure — New Homeowner 2018) to act as a termite barrier around your home.
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