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Are Termite Droppings Hazardous?

May 15, 2019

Termite droppings, also referred to as “frass,” is a sure sign of a termite infestation in your home. Termite waste is not in and of itself hazardous. Unlike rat feces or other animal waste, there is no potential danger of communicable disease from coming into contact with termite droppings. Small piles of frass, however, are a sign that you have destructive termites in your home – which could end up costing you a lot of money in home repairs. Below is some important termite information to help you identify termite droppings when you see them.

Recognizing termite waste is an important tool for preventing damage to perhaps the largest investment you will ever make: your home. Termite frass will typically be the color of the wood that is being consumed and will look like a small pile of dirt or sawdust. If you spot any piles of what could potentially turn out to be termite droppings, you need to call an exterminator right away. If the infestation is occurring in a high-traffic area of the home that is cleaned frequently, however, you may be sweeping, dusting or vacuuming away this tell-tale sign of an infestation without even realizing it. Getting a professional inspection each year, therefore, is the best defense against extensive termite damage.

Other insects, such as carpenter ants, may also produce piles of sawdust-like feces that may be difficult to distinguish from termite frass. In order to be 100% certain that the mounds of feces you have found in your home were in fact produced by termites, it will be necessary to hire an expert to conduct a thorough inspection of your house, garage, and other structures on your property. A professional can confirm the presence of termites and recommend the best course of treatment for the type of termite infestation you have. To learn more about identifying termite droppings or to receive a FREE home inspection from ACTION Termite & Pest Control, call (602) 899-2222 now. We are Arizona’s termite experts.