Termite Control in India: Symptoms and Treatments of Termites

Usually when you have termite infestation, you would like to call a pest control expert for termite control in India. But you can call an expert for termite control and treatments services only when you know there are termites in your property, no? The problem with termite control in India is by the time we realize, the damage has already been done.

Termites are probably one of the most destructive bugs that you may find in your backyard, home or office. Usually hard to locate, termites may be hiding under the soil or inside the wooden chairs you have in the balcony. But you may not notice termite infestation easily unless the damage to your property is already done. We only notice them when we see the damage like rotten wood, wood powder or something suspicious and call an expert for termite control services.

For instance, it may be hiding and thriving on a tree in your backyard and you won’t notice unless the trees fall one day because of termites. They usually thrive in wood such as a partial or full dead tree, furniture in the garden or home, under the walls, in the garbage of old unused furniture and other such places. There are various types of termites; some like to thrive in wood and other may be hiding under the soil. But irrespective of the type, they are destructive and they can cause damage faster than you may think.

Ideally, the best way to do termite control in India would be to call a professional and get the property investigated for any kind of termite infestation, but if you are among those who like to take control, I may have some pointer to get you started at least. In this post I am trying to explain everything you need to know about termite control in India from investigation to treatments and precautions to protect future infestation of termites.

All about termite control in India

So are you ready and willing to take control and get rid of termites from your property?

Pre and post constriction termite control in India

Termite control and treatments can be done in various phases. So if you are planning to construct a house and want to ensure that your property does not get infested at least for 10 more years, then you can go for pre-construction termite control services and do pre-construction termite treatments. But if your house is already built and you think you need termite treatments then there are post-construction termite control services available. Most of the pest control agencies offer both pre and post construction termite treatment services. But if none is applicable and when you don’t know whether you have termite infestation or not then you don’t need to be worried about. But certainly look for the symptom of infestation. Because when you know there are infestations, things can be controlled because treatments are available.

Here are the symptoms of termite infestation

How would you know if you need termite control service? Only when you find a sign or symptom of termite infestation and I am going to help you find those symptoms.

Mud like patterns

Termites are very smart; they can eat out the entire wood from inside and only leave a very thin out layer of wood. At times you would also notice mud like pattern as if someone has made the pattern intentionally on the walls. When you touch that leftover, you will see it’s very thin and that’s the symptom of termite infestation on your walls.

Mud Tunnels

Mud tunnels that you can see most easily can also help you find termite infestation in your house. Mud tunnels are built and used by termites and you can find such tunnels when there is moisture. As we need food and water, termites also need food and water and this tunnel is like a bridge that connects food with the water. Termite mostly eat wood and need moisture as in source of water to survive. You should search for symptom in areas that are moist and also seal such leakages as a precaution.

Flying swarmers

Swarmers can also help you find infestation because during the summer, you can see swarmers flying around the light bulbs or tubes and when you see them, chances are you have termite nests somewhere in your property. Swarmers are adult termites and they come out when there is no enough space in the nest they used to hide.

Other common symptom of termite infestation

On a wooden structure like doors, windows, cupboard in the kitchen, you may notice small little whole as if someone has drilled and that’s the symptom of termite infestation. Sometime in the night, you may also notice sound of wood biting, that’s also the symptom. Similarly when you see piles of tiny little wings of swarmers, you know there are termite infestations somewhere inside or outside of your house.

Call the expert for termite control services

So now when you have found a few symptoms, you should talk to an expert who can investigate properly and suggest remedies and treatments depending on the kind termite of infestation you may have in your house.

Termite control companies are widely available across all of the major cities in India such as Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and other cities. But again rates and charges for termite control services may vary depending on the infestation and also on the area. Hence you may like to compare rates of a couple of experts for termite removal services.

Post inspection, they should be able to give you an accurate estimate for treatments of termites. Pest control expert uses various techniques to remove termite such as;

  • Spraying the surface
  • Drilling and Vaccuming the infested area
  • Filling with Termiticides and so on

They can also create customized solutions for termite treatments at your property. Hence it should be left to them, but make sure you understand about the costs involved, time it would take and any warranty your pest control expert is willing to give you on future infestation.

Should you be doing termite treatment yourself?

No. As I have already said, termites control is not something you should be ding of your own and it should be left to the experts. But if you want to try it yourself, you can do so, in that case you can use bait or chemicals like liquid termite insecticides available in your city. If you decide to use termite insecticides then please be cautious and read the instruction carefully. But if you want to use bait for termite control, then that’s comparatively easy and you can do it yourself with a little bit of knowledge.

Termite treatments can be done during home construction and also after home construction. Pre construction termite control is also possible and is more popular because it’s better to do the treatment before than waiting for termite infestation.

Over to you

Termites are called as silent killers because they can weaken the structure be it concrete or wood by eating out the cavity and leaving behind a small little thin layer of mud. Termites are very smart in hiding themselves and hence you see a symptom, you should investigate and if needed call an expert to eliminate and do the proper termite treatment for termites.

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Pradeep Chaudhary

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