PMPs showcase termite tubes on Instagram

By |  July 12, 2017

In February, we showcased five unusual termite mud tubes. Since then, we’ve received enough additional photos for a — wait for it — callback. We’ve included the profile handles of those with Instagram accounts; don’t forget to follow us there at @pmp_magazine.

Photo: Juan Garcia

Photo: Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia (@inspektorjohnny), a residential solutions specialist with Western Exterminator Co. in Carson, Calif., estimates that this active infestation of what he believes to be Western subterraneans is several years old.

Ernie Henson sent two photos of termite mud tubes he’s encountered as president of Maricopa, Ariz.-based Stormin’ Norman Termite & Pest Control (@storminnormanpc).

Photo: Eric Marell

Photo: Eric Marell

Earlier this year, Eric Marell, president of Cross Country Exterminators, Chipley, Fla., received a call from a cell phone technician who had termites swarming in a cell phone tower building. Marell conducted a structural inspection, but came up with nothing — until he opened the breaker box. “I found the tubes were coming in through the conduit,” he says.

Keith Birkemeyer, ACE, president of Gilbert, Ariz.-based ProBest Pest Management (@probestpest), uses the photo of termite tubes sprawling across a carpet on his company’s Better Business Bureau profile. Determined termites will even build a tube on a cotton T-shirt, as Birkemeyer’s photo proves.

Photo: Charles Osborne

Photo: Charles Osborne

As a soldier in Iraq in the early 2000s, Charles Osborne, ACE, president of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Osborne Pest Management (@osborne.pest), snapped a photo of termites on a eucalyptus tree. “People couldn’t believe that we had subterraneans in the desert, but remember, we also had the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for a moisture source,” he says.

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