Termite Sawdust

Do Termites Leave Sawdust?

What Is Sawdust? Sawdust is accumulations of small wood shavings and slivers that generally tend to be the same color.

Sawdust Producing Pests

Some insects that produce sawdust are:

  • Carpenter ants

  • Carpenter bees

  • Wood boring beetles

These pests produce sawdust by excavating wood as they are constructing galleries in the wood.

Termite Sawdust

Termites do not produce sawdust; however, drywood termites and dampwood termites produce pellets that look similar to sawdust, but are actually termite’s feces.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites push their fecal pellets out from the wood they feed on and the fecal pellets often accumulate beneath the infested wood and give the appearance of a pile of termite sawdust.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites do not produce sawdust either.

Instead of being solid, their feces are in a liquid form and used by the termite workers as a component of mud tubes and nests they construct.

Their droppings will be inconspicuous and not confused with sawdust or wood shavings.

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