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Can ants build tubes in houses?

Question: We just bought a new home and noticed a small dirt mound, and a tube leading from it to the top of the foundation and into a crack in the bricks.  There are several small black ants around it as well. Our home seller says that ants can build tubes into the house. Is this true, or should we be very concerned about them being termites?

Termite Mud Tubes
Termite Mud Tubes

ANSWER: Ants do not build tubes … as it is normally termites that do, it would be good to investigate this further. Call your local Orkin branch and set up for an inspection of your home by a qualified Orkin Inspector. The Inspector will be able to determine whether or not these are ant mounds or true tubes. Regardless, they are both pest species and need to be controlled.

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