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Mud Tubes at Slab
Subterranean termites are often discovered by looking for mud tubes as seen in the photo above.  However, many home designs make it difficult to spot these mud tubes due to plants, bushes, and landscaping materials such as wood chips that are pushed up against the home.

Siding materials that extend to the ground (or below) make it virtually impossible to detect mud tubes because the termites can creep up behind the siding without building the mud tubes at all.  As a result, homes with stucco or wood siding should be cut back to allow visual access to the slab all along the perimeter of the building (see photo above).

Upon closer inspection (CLICK on image to zoom in), we see that termites have also infested the wall.  As a result, the interior wall (drywall) should be removed to look for any concealed termite damage inside the wood framing members (studs).

The result is a potentially expensive repair and largely preventable condition.

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The digital photo above was taken by a Guardian® home inspector during a pre-purchase home inspection.

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