Here in the Phoenix area, subterranean termites are common household pests. These unwanted houseguests are easily identifiable by the telltale termite mud tubes they leave along the sides of your home. While you can often identify these termite mud tubes on your own, you’ll need a professional to get rid of the termites and stop them from coming back.
At Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination, we are proud to provide Phoenix-area homeowners with dedicated subterranean termite services. This includes termite treatment, as well as identification and monitoring of termite mud tubes. Here’s what you need to know so you can catch infestations on your property as early as possible.
How to Spot Termite Mud Tubes
In general, termite mud tubes are relatively easy to find, although some exterior paint colors may make the task slightly more challenging. To locate them, inspect the outside of your home, looking along the bottom edge of the structure. If you see lines of mud, typically about the width of a pencil but ranging up to about an inch, creeping up the sides of your home, you likely have a termite problem.
When you find termite mud tubes, it is important not to knock them down. This won’t get rid of the termites and can actually encourage them to spread farther around your home, potentially causing even more damage. Instead, remove a small section from the middle of the tube, then check back in a few days to see if the termites have restored it. This is a surefire sign that you have an active termite colony.
If the colony is active, call in the termite control experts at Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination right away. We can come out to your property and treat for the termites, forcing them to either leave your property or die off. With a vigilant watch on your property after that, you can identify any new termite mud tubes quickly so that we can come back to take care of any new colonies before they can cause extensive damage.
What Happens If You Don’t Address Termite Mud Tubes Quickly
While a bit of mud on the side of your home may not seem like that big of a deal, it is actually much more serious than you might think. Subterranean termites create mud tubes to protect themselves as they journey back and forth between your home’s structure and their underground colony.
By the time you notice the mud tubes, the termites have already gotten into the wood that makes up your home. Like other types of termites, they eat the wood, leaving behind tunnels and weakening the overall structure. Over time, this internal damage can begin to present externally, often resulting in extensive, costly repairs.
The more time you let go by before treating for subterranean termites, the more damage they’ll have the chance to do to your home. To prevent this damage, the best thing you can do is remain vigilant about termite mud tubes. As soon as you find one, call Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination right away to address the problem.
Subterranean Termite Treatment You Can Trust
The termite experts at Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination are here to help you keep your property safe from subterranean termites. We are highly experienced in this area and can help you keep these unwanted pests at bay over the years. With regular subterranean termite treatment, you can protect your home from the extensive damage they can cause.
If you have noticed termite mud tubes around your Phoenix home, don’t hesitate in getting in touch with our team. We’ll be happy to visit your property for a free, no-obligation consultation and termite inspection. We’ll identify any termite activity on your property and alert you as to your next steps. Call today to learn more about our services and get the process started.