Termite Droppings/Frass

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Is Termite Poop a Sign of Infestation?

When home or business owners suspect an insect problem, they often search for signs of activity. Droppings indicate the presence of a pest in many cases. However, this isn’t a reliable clue for termites. Not all species of this insect leave their waste in easily observed piles.

What Do Termite Droppings Look Like?

Drywood Termites

Termite poop, also called frass, appears as hexagonal pellets that resemble sawdust. To get rid of their feces, some species of the pests push it through small holes to the surface of wood. As a result, mounds of termite frass build up under infested furniture or lumber.

This type of termite frass suggests an issue with drywood termites, a variety not native to New England. However, wooden goods from other parts of the country can bring the pests into homes, offices, and warehouses.

Subterranean Termites

The most common species in the area, the subterranean termite, rarely leaves frass lying around for people to find. Instead, the pests use their feces as a building material. Mud tunnels made from waste and saliva allow them to move across concrete and access new food sources.

Signs of Termite Problems

Since subterranean termite droppings don’t collect in piles, home and business owners must use different methods to spot an infestation. Winged swarmers emerge from the nest to start new colonies in spring and often gather on window sills. Tan or gray mud tubes on walls, ceilings, and foundations are another sign of termites.

Property owners who notice termite signs should seek expert help to stop the spread of damage. Waltham Pest Services can inspect homes and commercial spaces to locate and remove termites.

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