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Living in Thailand with Termite

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Living in Thailand, you may see or hear people has a termite problem. In Thailand, we build the house with the concrete(mixing between cement and sand) and steel. A few of houses built by half concrete and wood which are the old house that are probably more than 30 years old. Termite nest can be found under the house ground and under the big tree. 90% of house damage comes from the nest under the ground. They eat anything with wood even young teak that is less than 10 years old. My friend house had the termite problem and they ate the wood frame of the floor construction. The house is at the Koolpunt Ville Project 7 which built more than 15 years. It was a serious problem at that time.



# Pipe Treatment vs Soil Treatment

Nowadays, the new house will install the pipe treatment(ระบบวางท่อ) which is the best way to protect your house from termite. This method must install when you start to build the new house. If you bought the old house, you can use another method which is the soil treatment(ระบบอัดน้ำยาลงพื้น). The video below shows how these two methods work in Thai but the graphic will explain to you well.

credit: “Advance Group Asia CO.,LTD.“.


Apart of termite, the pest control service will cover to terminate and protect your house from the ant and cockroach as well. Normally, when the pest control service spray for killing the termite, they will spray for killing the ant and cockroach too. However, you should ask them for confirmation. Working with Thai service, you should not except that they will do their job well even though they claim they are professional or expert. This is my own experience as Thai.


# How do you know your house has the termite

termite signal

  1. The Termite walking line
  2. The wing of young termite wing
  3. Saw dust from termite eating


# How the young termite looks like

You will find these young termite at the fluorescent tube when it lights up at night. Often you will see them after raining. The wing falls out of body easy after the wing falls, they will go under the ground to build the nest. Then the termite cycle begins.


# What service I use in Chiang Mai

Today I used this pest control service names Anti Bug. They can speak English enough for communicating with foreigners. They have service in Chiang Mai and use friendly spray for human and pet. The spray doesn’t smell and you don’t need to leave the house when they are working. Do not use the chemical spray with cheap cost and leave the bad smell. It can harm you and your pet and don’t kill the termite in the nest.

I wrote this post because I heard the story from the Anti Bug guys that foreigners often ask him that their houses need the termite spray or not. The answer is YES.