When termites are responsible for creating damage that is affecting your home, the first step to getting rid of them is figuring out what kind of termites they are. There are several species of termites, and knowing the kind that are in your home will help an exterminator create a plan that will get rid of them for good.
A common species that lives underground are subterranean termites. They use tunnels in mud for traveling between your home and their nest. Subterranean termites are easy to detect, even if you've never seen a termite before. This is because these tunnels are easy to spot around your home due to being long, thin, and made of mud. They act as the roads for termites, allowing them to traverse to different parts of your property with ease. Without these tunnels that provide them with the moisture they need to live, the termites can have issues getting around and eventually die. That's why you need to destroy the tunnels if you see them.
Once the termites reach your home, they will try to dig through any part of the home's structure that is made of wood. They are persistent, and will even chew through other materials if necessary to get to any wood they can eat. The termites will go under or around your home's foundation if necessary.
When you suspect a termite infestation, but don't see the mud tunnels, you probably have drywood termites. Unlike subterranean termites, they don't require a constant source of moisture to live, and they spend much of their lives creating channels in wood that is dry. The channels are how they primarily traverse, while providing them with food as well.
You may find these types of termites in your attic and walls, but they will also live behind your home's siding or in the basement if they're able to get to a nearby food source. A general rule with termites is that if there is exposed wood that they can eat, they may be living nearby.
Unfortunately, eliminating these two kinds of termites will be difficult and time consuming for the average consumer to do on their own. Now that you know the kind of termite you have, let a professional termite exterminator, like those at Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services, know. They have the experience and equipment for eliminating both types of termites from your house and can come up with a plan that will help keep them away.