Eastern Subterranean Termite

Do All Types of Termites Create Frass?

Different species of termites leave behind their own, unique warning signs. For example, subterranean termites are typical in the Mid-Atlantic region and build mud tunnels on foundations and walls. The drywood variety of this insect lives in warmer areas of the country and creates pellet-like feces called termite frass.

What Do Termite Droppings Look Like?

Subterranean Termite Droppings

These pests construct tubes from feces and soil to shield themselves from dry air. The light brown tunnels often connect the insects to food sources from their underground nests. Other than these shelter tubes, residents are unlikely to see any subterranean termite droppings unless they split open infested wood.

Drywood Termite Frass

Drywood termites bore kick-out holes in wood as they burrow to discard their droppings. Because the pests choose timber with little moisture, this termite frass is coarse and looks similar to sawdust. Pellets are about 1mm long and often appear in piles under infested areas.

Drywood Termites

Termite Detection

Termite droppings in the form of frass or mud tubes suggest that the pests are active inside wood nearby. Damage to homes gets more serious as infestations grow. Call on the insect experts at Western Pest Services to deal with termites in homes.