Termite infestations can cause serious damage to the structure of your home. They often make nests and feed on both exposed and unexposed wood in your foundation or attic — places you do not often check for problems. There are several methods of termite removal, many of which can be done without hiring a professional exterminator.

Termite infestations can cause permanent home structural damage.

Step 1

Inspect your attic for the exact locations where the infestations can be found. Look for chewing and deterioration on exposed wood. When attempting to get rid of infestations already existing in the home, spot treatments need to be used. Focus directly on the source of the infestation rather than spraying chemicals all over your entire attic.

Step 2

Purchase a liquid spray at your hardware store for killing termites. These often come in small cans which can be carried into the attic and sprayed over areas where the termites have already attacked. Avoid spraying these chemicals into or around your attic's ventilation system to prevent them from seeping into other areas of your home.

Step 3

Plant dry termite bait systems around your home. These devices can be pushed into the soil around your house, killing termites that are attracted to the wood in the trap. These work well for termite infestation prevention and also preventing the infestations from growing.

Step 4

Heat your attic for one hour to a minimum of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Termites cannot survive in extreme temperatures, hot or cold. Increasing your home's already existing air conditioning system to accomplish this will be costly and also heat up your entire house like an oven. Therefore, this approach is not recommended. Instead, use a space heater to concentrate heat on a particular area you know to be infected, or call in a professional. If choosing to use a space heater, you must watch it carefully from a distance to make sure the danger of fire does not become a reality in your attic.

Step 5

Hire a professional to come to your home and fumigate your attic. The chemical sprays used by professional exterminators are much stronger than ones you can commercially buy yourself.