Can termite dust make me sick?

Question: Dear Orkin Man,

Quick question about termite dust. I am a renter and am constantly vacuuming up termite dust. It falls in three specific areas in my bedroom. My landlord is “supposedly” taking care of the problem, but I want to know if the termites and termite dust could be causing me to get sick?  I am usually a healthy person, but in the last couple of months I have gotten quick sick several times.

Termite Damage
Termite Damage


ANSWER: I don’t know what you mean by termite dust—perhaps the small granules that can come from a drywood termite infestation—these are not likely making you ill. I would recommend you visit with a doctor about this.


Our Pest Library

Find out more about your suspects

Our Pest Library is full of up-to-date information on termites, ants, and cockroaches as well as more than 25 common household pests. Find out more information about their behavior, habits, and other cool facts.