Termite Droppings In Your House
Termite droppings in your house are something you would probably rather not come across. On the positive side, termite droppings may be the only visible sign that you have a possible infestation. On the negative sign, a trail of droppings may be an indication that serious damage by the little insects has already been done.
Since termite droppings resemble bits of sand or sawdust, it's unlikely you'll spot then outside the house. A trail of termite droppings on open ground will blend in with the dirt and soon either be disturbed or washed away. Inside the home, a trail of droppings on the floor is much easier to detect.
Plenty Of Termites To Leave A Poop Trail -Termites congregate in swarms, at times there can be thousands in a swarm. A colony of termites is similar in many respects to an ant colony in which there will be a queen, soldiers, and workers. There is also a king, whose job is to fertilize the eggs the queen lays. A queen termite can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day. If a reasonable percentage of the eggs hatch, there's a good chance that the emerging termites will eventually be of a sufficient number to leave behind a visible trail of termite droppings. Termite droppings have a name - frass.
Termite droppings are sometimes the only indication that a house is infested until a ceiling starts to sag or some structure gives way. Sometimes, small piles of sawdust will be an indication as well. Termites spend almost all of the daylight hours roaming in underground tunnels, or in tunnels they have made in wood and timbers. They may venture out in the dark in search of water or vegetation. Being blind, the darkness is of little problem to them.
Keep Clean - Keeping the house and yard shipshape is a good way to prevent a termite infestation. Like many insects, junk, clutter, excessive vegetation, and crack and chinks in the outside of a building, can be an open invitation for termites to take up residence. Once a colony, even a small one, becomes established, the only recourse may be to hire a professional exterminator. When dealing with termites, it's best not to cut corners financially, as a failed effort to nip the problem in the bud may turn out to be huge expense later.
Keep Dry - Homes in some parts of the country are more prone to termite infestation than homes in other locations as climate, especially humidity, can play a significant role. Termites are especially fond of damp wood, and a damp area in a house or building is usually most susceptible to a colony of termites setting up housekeeping. Sealing damp basements and repairing leaks in roofs or those caused by faulty plumbing, can go a long ways towards keeping termites at bay. Keeping mulch and vegetation away from foundations, and checking the outside of your house for small cracks, large enough for a termite, can also be beneficial. Termites will usually not travel long distances over open ground in the daylight in search of shelter, though during the summertime one can often see them flying about in swarms at dusk, often pairing off to mate, and seeking a crack or crevice in a building for the purpose of setting up housekeeping. If you have a fireplace, don't sore the firewood close to the house, or close to an outbuilding. Firewood can be stored inside a building if the area is dry.
Termite droppings are not considered harmful to humans in any way. The droppings are in fact a rich source of magnesium, a mineral important to our health. If one has a deficiency in magnesium, a spoonful of termite droppings would probably be beneficial, though most of us would opt for taking magnesium supplements instead.