Unspoken Problems With Your Tubes In The Wall

tubes in the wall tube http://pestcemetery.com/Tubes in the wall pest control systems seem like the perfect answer to many drawbacks of traditional pest control service. On paper- it seems like a ‘win win’ for both consumer and provider alike.

No one needs to be home, pesticides are kept “in the walls” where theoretically and in reality many insects gain access to your home & rain or shine the service almost never needs to be rescheduled. Whats not to like?

Despite this article I am NOT in the camp that says tube systems don’t work or tubes are a waste of time. You’ll get that argument mostly from vendors who don’t want to spend the $$ for the machine that services them. On the contrary, I believe tubes service has it’s place and works beautifully for tens of thousands of homes around the country. There are however, certain problems, certain circumstance and times where it may be best to reevaluate your use of this system.

When It May Be Time To Consider Another Way

Tube systems do little to nothing for certain pests. A spider on the ceiling, (spiders in general), german roaches, bed bugs, flying insects etc. Also, your in wall system can’t help if your home isn’t sealed very well. If you can see daylight around a window or door then so can a bug–and you won’t find a tube release portal there. Cracks, gaps or other such entry points often allow insects in while completely by passing the zones your tubes system treats.

Oh!, you didn’t know that your system doesn’t cover the ENTIRE house? Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. Check out my other articles on tubes systems and you’ll see exactly where they do & don’t go.

Problems That The Tech Faces

Did you know that over time and with use your system breaks down? You’d think that since the materials used are plastic that they’d last for decades, and, that since most of the system is protected ‘in the walls’, you’d almost never have any problems. In fact however, some systems degrade rather quickly. Especially the protective portal covers that sit out in the blazing sun. But, rather than simply write about it. I’ve posted these pictures with explanations- I think it’ll give you something to consider or answer current questions as to why maybe your system seems to be letting you down.

Tubes covers sit in the sun which quickly degrades the plastic. This damages the lock.

Tubes covers sit in the sun which quickly degrades the plastic. This damages the lock.

Over time the tips of the tubes crack & split. You can only snip so much before you run out of tube.

Over time the tips of the tubes crack & split. You can only snip so much before you run out of tube.

Some portals are very efficient- however over time the tube is pushed into the holding panel until you can not even see it, let alone service.

Some portals are very efficient- however over time the tube is pushed into the holding panel until you can not even see it, let alone service.

Some systems tubes simply 'stick' out of the wall-this makes it hard to insert tip & many tubes get pushed back into the wall and lost.

Some systems tubes simply ‘stick’ out of the wall-this makes it hard to insert tip & many tubes get pushed back into the wall and lost.

Tube portals in the sun damage tube tips even under the portal lid. Brittle tips split and break and make delivery impossible.

Tube portals in the sun damage tube tips even under the portal lid. Brittle tips split and break and make delivery impossible.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Daniel D Dye

    I really enjoyed your diplomatic approach on this subject, Jerry.

  • Thank you–

  • Tip_off

    I am in the process of renovating my home (nesting in place) just prior to retirement. In the rooms I’m adding on, I use 2X6’s @ 12 OC and fill the void with closed cell foam. My question is… have they developed any closed OR open cell foams with insecticide?

  • Tap insulation for the attic. But no foam insulation that I know of.

  • Tip_off

    One if the additional considerations I have, regardless of the cause (human or not), is that the climate is changing.
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    The number of straight lines winds in excess of 60-100 mph is increasing in my area. Hard cell fan acts like Liquid Nails causing sturdier construction. T
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    Additionally, I’m in a flood plain due to redrawing of the maps. Whether I will suffer a flood is debateable, but closed cell foam combats sheer forces.
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    So, it addresses more concerns before you even get to the insulation value.

  • Tip_off

    Thanks though for your input.