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Are these termite fecal pellets?

Posted by hotpoter (My Page) on
Sat, May 12, 12 at 13:26

My wife found these little piles of black sandy things 5 days ago, 2 days ago and now today.

Is this termite pellets and is the tiny hole near the top made my termites?

Thanks very much!

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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

Termite, carpenter ant or other wood eating critter. It's time to call an exterminator.


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

Carpenter ants do not eat wood, they excavate galleries to live in,

The waste looks like sawdust.


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

Whatever it is certainly is not good, time for an expert to look and see exactly what.


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

Thanks everyone!

The thing is a termite inspector has already checked my house and spot treated all the areas that had issues (total of 8 spots around the house and garage). The inspector told me the termite problem is not serious enough for tenting.

This is a new spot that we've found. I'm concerned there are other infected areas around the house and perhaps spot treatment is not a good solution.

Should I tent the house? Any suggestion is appreciated.


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

You amy need a better inspector, or at least a return trip. How long ago was it inspected?


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

Do have a small bug in your area called a "potato bug"? These are small oval shaped grey bugs. They like moist wood/ dirt. That is what it looks like to me ( or what I was told ) I am am in Massachusetts -Cape Cod. To solve this is to keep your basement and house as dry as possible. PLEASE let us know what your exterminator say's they are.
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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

I live in Southern California and my 1954 house (newly renovated about a year and half ago) was inspected two month ago and the termite inspector found 2 spots in the house (attic) and 6 spots in the detached garage.

This new spot in the picture was found a week ago by my wife.

Two month ago, the inspector told us the issue is NOT serious enough to tent the house, spot treatment is sufficient.

He came back a few days ago and treated the spot my wife found and said again don't be alarmed, this is a minor issue.


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RE: Are these termite fecal pellets?

I, too, found a pile of small black "pellets" that looked just like that and thought I had termites. What it turned out to be was earwigs. I sprayed the area with something like Raid and within an hour I had several dead bugs. I never saw them during the day, just kept getting piles of that black stuff each day next to my front door. I swept it off and the next day it would be back. The bug spray took care of it for me.


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