Termite Mud Tunnel: How to spot them

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Termite mud tunnel in a Southbury, CT garage

If I had a dollar for every termite mud tunnel that I’ve seen over the past 20 years in my pest control career I’d be a rich man.  However, just because I can easily identify a termite mud tunnel doesn’t mean you can.

So, the picture to the left is that of a classic termite mud tunnel. This particular picture was taken in Southbury, but it very easily could have been Fairfield, Waterbury, Naugatuck, Trumbull or any other Connecticut town.

The termite mud tunnel is constructed of fecal matter and mud.  These “tubes” are used as source of shelter and moisture.  When breaking open an active termite mud tunnel you’ll usually find termites going back and forth from their food source (wood) and the ground where they live.

A termite mud tunnel and mud inside a piece of wood is a defining characteristic of termite damage as seen below.

Mud in termite damage
Mud in termite damage

Connecticut  has only one type of termite, the Eastern Subterranean termite.

If you have a termite problem or have noticed a termite mud tunnel , Envirocare Pest Control can help.  Call 1-888-879-6481