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Mud tubes such as these on foundation walls indicate termite activity.

Extensive damage to structural elements can occur before detection.

      Subterranean termites found in the northeast United States are by far the most damaging of any type of termite. Residential repairs from termite damage are estimated to be in the billions annually.

  Subterranean termites are native soil inhabiting insects that feed on wood paper and similar cellulose containing material. Therefore homes that have wood members in close proximity to soil are particularly vulnerable to termite attack. Infestations usually start at the sill plate above the masonry foundation then move to other important load bearing elements.

    Termites move in sealed passages. Enormous amounts of wood can be consumed before they are detected. Termites can move up masonry walls and structural piers by constructing enclosed tunnels or "mud tubes." These mud tubes are a telltale sign of infestation

     During a termite inspection we will check all the visible and accessible areas of the foundation for mud tubes near the soil line. We will also check other potential entry points such as visible and accessible foundation cracks and plumbing entrances. Any suspected damage to wood elements will be inspected with a metal probe.