Termites are pale-colored insects that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but are not closely related. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood.
They can be very destructive to wooden buildings and structures.
Termites prefer to tunnel inside of wood and can cause extensive damage
without appearing readily on the wood surface. Mud tubes are typically
built to enable movement across a less hospitable surface such as
masonry walls or wood that was just not so nice to penetrate.
If you don't already have termites, then there are a lot of
things you can do to prevent an infestation in the first place. For the most
part, home remedies and "natural" ways of dealing with them will ONLY prevent
an infestation. If you've already got a colony in or near your home, you're
going to have to have an exterminator get rid of it. You can, however, cut
down on chemicals and costs by some simple termite prevention techniques. They
aren't foolproof, but they will reduce the chance of another infestation.