Our story begins with a person who saw “just two” subterranean termite mud tubes a few years back and thought nothing of it. He lives out of the state of Florida (snowbird) and truthfully was not completely aware of the total havoc these little creatures could create. “I have a vacant concrete block home, termites cannot eat concrete block, how could this happen!” he croaked as we previewed the damage…lets follow the subterranean termite path of destruction.
The main house is concrete block but there is a quaint wood frame addition attached to the rear of the house. This is very common in Florida. The two subterranean termite mud tubes were located ( hidden) behind these border blocks that were against the wooden addition to the house.
Here they are, two tiny patchs of mud….a subterranean termite super highway. Subterranean termite use the mud tubes to travel from their deeply hidden subterranean lair to their food source which is usually dead trees, wood contacting the ground and homes.
This piece of paneling was loose so I gently pulled it back.
OUCH!, The subterranean termites definately went this way towards the “concrete block” house.
Subterranean termite destroy everything in their path while eating, much like my Aunt Sally at the chinese buffet. (Sorry Aunt Sally)
The house may be block but the baseboards are not. “Block Homes” are loaded with wood…everywhere!
Now the subterranean termites are in the house…where next? Imagine the mans surprise when he walks into his bedroom and see’s this…….
The subterranean termites obviously went up in to the ceiling joist. Hungry little fellows, aren’t they.
Several of the ceiling joists became so damaged from the subterranean termites voracious apetite that after a while the drywall ceilling had nothing to adhere to…and of course the insulation went with it. Remember, “Just Two” mud tubes, the owner had said.
Sorry for the blurry pics, I was slipping and tripping on drywall and insulation.
Notice the mud on the wood, the subterranean termites bring mud everywhere they go.
If you have not figured it out by now, masonary block homes will get termites and as you can see, the subterranean termites can do a whole lot of damage.
Worried about termites? You should be, Flordia is ground zero for those little home wreckers.