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A few brown spots appeared on a door frame and within 1 week it has grown to this size (~15cm). I have no idea what it is. How do I remove it completely? I worry that if I just wipe it off, it will just regrow from within the door frame. I've attached 2 pictures to assist with the identification.

Edit: I poked it with a stick and tiny white insects (~2mm) came crawling out of the structure.

My location: South India

Picture 1 Picture 2

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Termites.

Photograph the insects and we will try to identify further. If the insects keep running, freeze some. This could be a big problem, so get good information soon.

Online I see this article that might help.

" An identification guide to the wood destroying termites of south India"

Journal of the Indian Academy of Wood Science ISSN 0972-172X Volume 8 Number 2 J Indian Acad Wood Sci (2011) 8:148-151 DOI 10.1007/s13196-012-0028-9

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  • $\begingroup$ Can termites be this small(~2mm) though? Unfortunately I can't get any more pictures because this is in my relative's house and I was just staying there for a while. I'll ask them to further look into this. Thanks :) $\endgroup$ – trinitrotoluene Jan 6 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ Ask them to trace the tunnel down to the nest, if they can. $\endgroup$ – Polypipe Wrangler Jan 6 at 9:16

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