To the untrained eye, signs of termites can be hard to find. While termites leave few visible signals that they have entered your property, termite frass is a sign that you can identify without the help of a professional. Knowing what frass looks like and what it is could save your property from further termite damage and thousands of dollars’ worth of wood repairs. Here’s what you need to know!
What Is Termite Frass?
Termite frass is termite excretion or termite feces. You may have seen these droppings before and not even realized what it was. Frass may resemble a pile of sawdust, dirt or wood shavings. The color can also change depending on the color of the wood that termites have been eating.
Termites create their nests inside of wood structures by burrowing inside of them and creating tunnels to move through. As termites continue to consume more wood, they create “kick-out” holes to push out their frass.
Places Termites Destroy
Frass can be found in both obvious and hidden places. You may discover frass on window sills, wooden beams in a basement, or door frames in entry ways. Since termites create their nests inside of wood structures, it is fairly difficult to notice their presence. Termite droppings are one of the few visible signs of an infestation.
What It Looks Like
Drywood termite frass has 6 concave sides, rounded ends, and is usually found as a mound of small oval shaped pellets. These pellets are around 1mm in length. Frass can be a variety of colors that often depends on the type of wood that the termites are eating. Drywood termite frass can resemble any of the following:
- A pile of salt and pepper
- A mound of sawdust
- A mound of dirt
- Wood shavings
Are Termite Droppings Harmful?
Termite frass alone is not harmful to you or your family, though it should not be handled without consulting an exterminator. While termite droppings are not a health or complication risk, a licensed termite inspector will verify if the droppings were created by termites or another wood-eating pest. If you suspect that you have found termite droppings in your home or business, please contact A-1 Bonded Termite by calling 714-502-9230 or filling out the form on this page.
Other Visible Signs Of Termites
While frass is one of the tell-tale signs of a termite infestation, termites may leave other signals that they are within your home or business. You may have a termite infestation if you notice any of the following:
- Buckling wood/laminate or excessively squeaky wooden floorboards
- Damaged or crumbling wood
- Doors or windows that are stuck
- Patterns that resemble a maze within your furniture, walls or floorboards
- Wing piles that have been left behind after swarms (wings often look like fish scales)
- Climbing mud tubes around the foundation of your property
- Swarms of flying termites indoors or outdoors
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home or business, call us today at 714-502-9230 for your free inspection*! Our fully licensed, bonded and insured technicians will complete a comprehensive inspection of your property. This will determine if you have a termite infestation or if other critters have made themselves at home.
What To Do If You’ve Found Termite Droppings
If you have found termite droppings in your home or business, please call us today at 714-502-9230. Unfortunately, signs of termites may only become visible after they have been around for quite some time. This can mean your property has been home to these creatures for months or even years! To protect your property from future termite damage, remember to call a licensed termite professional such as A-1 Bonded Termite.
Termite Inspections And Extermination
If you suspect that your home or business may have termites, the first step is to have an inspection completed by an A-1 Bonded Termite licensed termite inspector. Call us at 714-502-9230 to schedule your free inspection*.
Since no two infestations are alike, A-1 Bonded Termite presents the best options for your unique situation. We also offer customized termite treatments and prevention plans for your specific home or business. The best treatment and prevention plan for you can depend on a variety of factors. Trust the pros who know and call us for any of your termite needs!
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