Termite drop tubes on joists
Termites build mud drop tubes from structural elements like these basement joists. These shelter tubes protect termites from exposure to air and light. Termites maintain the humidity of the tunnels in their food sources by carrying in soil from outside. All the soil for this shelter tube is from outside. This is an urban structure with exposed soil only in the front and back. Termites create an adhesive with their saliva and build these shelter tunnels over time. In crawl spaces with dirt floors, these drop tubes will reconnect with the soil below giving termites access to soil moisture for humidity. If you suspect you see mud on your joists call a professional before breaking the wood open. Only intact wood is used to recruit termites into an above ground bait station. Contact us today for termite control services and a free consultation.