Termite Frass – A Sign Of Termites Anyone Can Identify

Posted: October 16, 2018 at 9:48 am

This offers them some natural concealment and protection from animals that would eat them up if found in plain sight. All of this makes it quite difficult to spot termites unless you really know what you are looking for.

Thankfully termites like good housekeeping within their colonies. Why is this good news to us? Well, they will sometimes eat a hole through the outside of the wood to push out their pile of fecal pellets which is often the only visual sign that you may lead you to notice their presence.

If you find anything that resembles pellets of wood-like material you should compare it to the photos and videos in this article. Termite frass is usually a sign of drywood termite infestation.

If they are pooping then they are eating and you should either do an initial inspection yourself or hire a professional to assess how far they have gone, what damage has been done, and what next steps should be taken in terms of treatment. And dont worry, most pest control professionals will perform an inspection for free with no strings attached. If you find one that does not offer a free termite inspection I would steer clear of them.

Here are some additional signs of termites that you should look out for. If you find two or more signs then the chances that you have an infestation are much greater. Discarded termite wings are another often overlooked clue of termite presence. When termites reach an adult stage they grow wings and eventually shed them. When the termites are in their flying stage of adulthood they are often referred to as swarmers. After the swarmers land in their intended destination, they shed their wings. If their intended destination was somewhere within your home or structure then those wings should be visible somewhere.

Of course, these wings are small but if you know what you are looking for it is possible to detect them. They will be found in pairs of identical wings. Check on wooden floors, window sills, and spider webs in your house. If you have found frass and wings in an area you can do a quick test with a screwdriver to get a general idea if you have a problem area.

Take the end of the screwdriver (Phillips or standard) and tap along the wood around the area the wings or dropping were found. If the termites are inside the wood and have been eating away the cellulose for a considerable amount of time there will be a hollow type of noise when you tap over the previously infested areas.

This sound will sound different from the sound of solid wood being tapped on. Again this is only a quick field test but when accompanied with other signs of termites, it is probably time to get a professional inspection done to assess the damage and then recommend treatment options.

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