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Termite tube hanging from ceiling?

Question: In my living room I noticed a couple of months ago a tube hanging from the ceiling. It was about 2 inches long and maybe 1/4 inch wide. The best way to describe it is to say the tube looked exactly like cigarette ashes. There was also a pin-sized hole where the tube was hanging. Yesterday I noticed in the same spot a tube hanging that was about 5 inches long and about 1/4 inch wide and looked the same way. I have not seen any bugs. I checked the outside of the house to look for the mud tubes in case it is termites and saw a couple of lines on the base of the house. They weren’t tubes—they looked like mud lines—almost like they were drawn on the house with mud. Any ideas?  Thanks.

ANSWER: This is most likely an indication of a termite infestation. You should get the house inspected as soon as possible. Call your local Orkin Branch Office today to protect your most valued investment. A highly trained Orkin Termite Inspector will conduct a thorough whole-home inspection and develop a customized treatment plan, based on science, that best fits your needs.


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