When it comes to taking care of your household, it’s good to be aware of any bug infestations you may have. A common one is termites. A clear sign that you may have a termite problem in your home is spotting termite poop. 

Termite poop is known as frass. As termites eat away at the wood, they create holes to drop the frass out of. It’s important to know how to identify frass to resolve your termite problem. 

What Does Termite Poop Look Like?

Termite poop looks different depending on the species. Termite poop is small and in shades of black and brown. Termite frass color depends on the insect’s diet. Termite poop is usually oval-shaped and appears hexagonal. You can find termite frass in piles throughout the home they’re infesting. 

Some people are allergic to termite droppings. If you suspect you have an infestation, wear a mask and gloves to prevent asthma attacks and other unpleasant allergic reactions.

If you suspect you have a termite infestation, you need to differentiate between termite poop and carpenter ant poop. Termite and ant droppings look similar, but there are differences. 

Termites are on the move, so their droppings will appear sporadically throughout your house. Ants form a nest and tend to stick to that one location, so their droppings are outside the nest. Ant poop is larger in shape and size, while termite droppings are smaller in diameter. 

Carpenter ants also cause less wood damage than termites. Ants don’t rely on wood for food, merely for nesting. Ants disturb wall and ceiling integrity strictly to make tunnels, while termites see your home as a feast.

Once you’ve differentiated between ant and termite poop, you’ll need to make sure it’s termite poop and not sawdust. Termite poop is very fine, so it can look like sawdust. The main difference is that termite frass is similar to fine pellets, and sawdust looks more like thin shavings. 

Old vs Fresh Termite Poop 

piles of termite droppings on a damaged wooden beam

Differentiating between old and fresh termite poop is difficult. There’s no specific way to tell if the frass is fresh or not. That said, old or new termite poop doesn’t always determine if your termite infestation still exists. 

If you have old or new termite frass, termites are likely still present in your home. Termites can infest the same structure for years, so if you see droppings, take action

Termite Poop of Different Termite Species

The type of frass you’ll see depends on the species. While there are many different termite species in the world, we’ll focus on just Drywood and Subterranean termite frass, as they are most common in this area. Some key differences between Drywood termite frass and Subterranean termite frass are:

Drywood Termite Frass  Subterranean Termite Frass 
  • Pellets appear in your home 
  • Tiny 
  • Oval-shaped
  • One millimeter long 
  • Appears in mounds 
  • Varies in color 
  • No visible droppings 
  • Liquid frass 
  • Hard to tell if it’s a termite mound or their frass

This will help you to determine which species of termite have infested your home, take action, and get rid of the infestation. 

Where to Find Termite Poop 

a pile of termite droppings outside banister

Termite frass helps you to identify a termite infestation. Knowing where to look for the signs helps you identify the problem faster. You can find termite frass in a variety of places, including

  • On the floor
  • Inside cracks in walls
  • On the bed
  • Underneath the carpet
  • On wooden frames and sills 

If you see droppings in areas like these, you likely have an active termite infestation in your home. 

Are Termite Droppings Dangerous? 

As a general rule of thumb, termite droppings are not toxic. Since the droppings are small and fine, like sawdust, they can cause skin irritation or worsen asthma. 

Once you’ve spotted the frass, clean it up as soon as possible. Wear protective gear like safety goggles and a mask to protect your respiratory system while cleaning.

Other Termite Indicators to Watch Out For 

While frass is the main sign of a termite infestation, there are other signs of termite activity. Other signs you have a termite issue include 

  • Hollow wood sound when knocked
  • Mud tubes
  • Sagging floor or roof
  • Bubbly or damaged paint
  • Shed wings
  • Hollow or blistering wood
  • Windows and doors that are difficult to shut or open
  • Head-banging or clicking sounds
  • Seeing termites themselves 

Being aware of all the signs that termites are in your home will help you solve the problem promptly. 

How to Get Rid of Termite Frass? 

a group of termites feasting on a piece of moist wood

Your first reaction when seeing termite frass will likely be to get rid of it. Getting rid of any visible frass is an easy step in removing termites from your home. Still, it’s more important to target the colony and take preventative measures against termite infestations. 

When you prevent the infestation from happening, you don’t need to worry about termite poop in your home. Contact us today for our comprehensive termite treatment and prevention services.