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3 misconceptions about tubes in the wall pest control

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by The Bug Doctor

This may be my last report on tubes in the wall pest control systems and if I do not post any article tomorrow you’ll know that the tubes police have finally found me and I have been silenced. The danger level in getting this information is quite high and just to upload my pictures of this super secret delivery mechanism I have to route them through servers in Istanbul where they currently have no operatives. The tubes pest control method has long been shrouded in secrecy and vehement managers take to the streets whenever there is a report of unauthorized use. Confusion is an ally to the tube installer monopoly and they will go to great lengths to keep competitors in the dark about it’s use and how it’s set up. Hence there are misconceptions, theories and folklore in the absence of truth and by controlling the available information, they can control you, the rogue operator who dares to provide this service.

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Tubes coming in from exterior portal

There are basically 3 things about tubes that customers and some pest control pros have a misunderstanding of. Knowing the accurate information may answer some questions about why the service doesn’t always seem to work, erase fears of heavy pesticide build up in your walls and help you provide a better pest control program designed to compliment the service.

#1 The tubes spew pesticide all throughout my walls

It is true that the tubes run up through the attic or in the walls but the insecticide is not released until it reaches it’s destination. The

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Blue tubes with connectors ready for extensions

tubes are solid like a tiny garden hose but when the target area is reached a small coupler is attached to the end and to that a special extension hose. This extension has tiny laser cut slits in it and much like a soaker hose used for watering plants the liquid escapes. The liquid pesticide is pushed by high pressure air and when forced through the slits it comes out in a fine mist treating the target spot. The extension can be any length depending on the area and can have many slits for full coverage.

#2 The tubes treat my whole home

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Blue tube around doorway

The reality is that only control spots are usually targeted. Areas such as bathrooms, kitchen plumbing or around doorways are the typical places where the slitted hose is used. There are no systems that I know of that run the tubes completely around the home treating the full perimeter. If that were the case you may just have problems with too much volume and perhaps staining or water damage. Even though a home may have 15 or 20 tube ends visible in the delivery portal there are likely more areas in your walls NOT treated than are.

#3 They use gallons of insecticide when they treat my walls

Again not true, as I described only the targeted areas get a shot of pesticide and even that area doesn’t get as much as you think. Remember, these tubes are very small, about the diameter of the ink tube in a ink pen and the operator only shoots a small amount

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Tubes running through the attic in between yellow wire & white pipe


per tube. The normal tube gets about a 5 second shot of just air to clear the lines and then the operator pulls a different trigger that will shoot the liquid and that is usually a 7 to 10 second blast. A final shot of just air clears the line and he moves on to the next tube. Add the fact that the liquid is dispersed through many tiny slits in the target area as a fine mist and you really aren’t getting any over spray whatsoever. Servicing your tubes usually means no more insecticide than if a person treated normally with a hand held sprayer.

So the next time you have a trail of ants coming in under a living room baseboard and think your tube system is not working it may

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No slits and very small

just be that your tube system does not deliver there. With all of my tube services we treat the outside perimeter with sprays, baits and granules and we always offer touch up service for spots just like this. Tubes service is a great way to have indoor pest control and even termite work without the inconvenience of having an appointment because everything is done from outside. Just don’t be fooled into thinking it is a complete system that provides a whole house barrier and you’ll never need anything indoors again. Also don’t be buffaloed into thinking only the installer has the right equipment to do the job. Tanks with the proper regulators, dispensing tips and hoses are sold everywhere and not just to the shadow consortium that would have you think they’re the only ones with such technology.

oooh– I gotta go, there’s some rustling out in the bushes just outside my window. I might not escape this time but you make sure to carry on the fight without me in case I don’t make it back.


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  • http://www.ecopestwrv.com Jeff Ledford

    Jerry, you can hide at my house if you need.

  • http://www.ecopestwrv.com Jeff Ledford

    Jerry, you can hide at my house if you need.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Jeff, you’re a life saver & as long as we don’t tell them you live in Idaho I’m sure they’ll never find me. Ha! They think they’re so smart.:0

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Jeff, you’re a life saver & as long as we don’t tell them you live in Idaho I’m sure they’ll never find me. Ha! They think they’re so smart.:0

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • http://www.callprobest.com/blog keith

    EWWWWWWW, you are in BIG trouble now. If they ask me I’m telling them you are in the Pest Cemetery……..

  • http://www.callprobest.com/blog keith

    EWWWWWWW, you are in BIG trouble now. If they ask me I’m telling them you are in the Pest Cemetery……..

  • The Bug Doctor

    I always knew you were trouble.

    Thanks for squealing
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    I always knew you were trouble.

    Thanks for squealing
    The Bug Doctor

  • John Anthony

    Where can I get this equipment to do in the wall pest conrol myself?

  • John Anthony

    Where can I get this equipment to do in the wall pest conrol myself?

  • The Bug Doctor

    Try this link John,

    It’s where I get mine. http://www.reallyinnovations.com/

    Thanks for reading

  • The Bug Doctor

    Try this link John,

    It’s where I get mine. http://www.reallyinnovations.com/

    Thanks for reading

  • chakachak

    Thanks Bug Doctor for your insights. They are very helpful and you just save about $500 for my new house construction as I was contemplating whether to do the tubes or not…

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Hey chakachak,

    I hope I wasn’t to negative in my writing because I do believe there is value in TIW. It’s just so many of the people I talk to have misconceptions about the service (many from the installers themselves)– I just wanted to set the record straight.

    Thanks for your comment and reading my blog

  • Alenton2903

    Hi there,

    Do the tubes disintegrate? I have lived in my Houston house for 10 years and wonder if they still work.

    Thanks
    Alison

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Great question Alison,

    They are made specifically for handling pesticides so I would say no for those inside the walls. At least not for many years. Outside in the portals though I have noted many that become brittle and break. This is probably due to the handling during many treatments and that it is somewhat exposed to the elements. Make sure your portal cover is in good repair and they should be fine. If you have to, you could put extenders on should they break off and become to short to service.

    I have some accounts where the tubes are just fine even after at least 10 years so I’m sure they will last for many more.

    Thanks for reading

  • Anonymous

    Hello there,
    All I seek if for the TRUTH, I know it’s out there. I’m just arming myself with some Truth in education on Termite control, having just found them in our 6 year old house (built with T.I.W. installed). PLEASE give it to me straight: are the Tubes In the Wall for termite control or for “other” pest control? I am told by the people who originally installed it that it is but a different, but reputable, company says no! If YES, why do I have the little buggers. If NO, why would the yearly reapplication treatment work orders state “Termite” as the pest being controlled?
    Naturally I am upset at discovering the blighters in 3 locations in the house, all of which are in the base board. Two of the places are not even within 10 feet of plumbing!

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    Termites are always an unwelcome surprise regardless- To hopefully answer your question- TIW is for pest control such as ants, roaches etc. Tubes In The Slab is for termite control. Both are separate and neither does much good for the other. If your contract says ‘termites’ are covered than your current company needs to honor the guarantee – Here is a link to tubes in the slab and I assume you already saw TIW but I have several articles/videos on it. http://pestcemetery.com/bug-doctor-minute-tubes-slab/
    http://pestcemetery.com/tubes-slab/

    Follow the links in the articles for all my articles on the systems/ be sure to use the Ask The Bug Doctor tab to ask any specific questions or comments are fine too.

    Hope this helps

  • Floridahomeowner

    I have tube in walls system and want to do it myself. How much you think a portable one will cost?

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    The only place to get one that I know of is Really Innovations in Cocoa Beach Florida. They run $500 and that is without the air tank which you can get a 5lb one locally at a gas supply store. That’ll be about $25 per tank and perhaps a deposit when you initially get one.

  • Floridahomeowner

    Ok thanks. Looks like quite expensive! Since we do not have much bugs in my area, my other option is to limit the applications from 4 to 2 times a year. You think 4 times a year is too much and just twice a year will also do the work?
    Appreciate your input. Thanks.

  • http://pestcemetery.com The Bug Doctor

    That may work but it would be best to get the opinion of your local pro. I have many TIW clients but not all have the same frequency of service– some find out that less is not better while others do quite well with it. It depends on a few things- your tolerance of bugs is included in what you ultimately decide.

  • Raidextermite

    Pest Tubes are only for general pest control not termites.
    R. Haney
    Raidex Termite and Pest Control
    El Monte, Ca

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