One of the easiest ways you can tell if you have pests in your home is by the signs they leave behind – and one helpful sign in particular would be its droppings.
Depending on what kind it is, these droppings may be harmful and spread diseases, but for other pests, these droppings may be fairly harmless so long as you take care of the mess right away.
To properly deal with any pest infestation, you would have to know what exactly it is you’re dealing with and being able to tell what it is from its droppings is very helpful.
Crickets are known to leave a lot of droppings, especially in homes infested by house crickets. These droppings may look quite similar to those of termite droppings, so read on to find out how to differentiate between the two.
These are small and black in color. They’re a little bit elongated, and are hard. The ends look more cut rather than tapered. They’re found in more spread out piles while termite droppings are mostly a more concentrated heap – this is because termites push their droppings out of small holes from the wood they’ve infested.
Cricket droppings are not considered a health hazard like other pest droppings such as those of rats, though it is still recommended you exercise caution when cleaning them up – it’s never a bad idea to wear gloves and a mask when cleaning excrement.
Crickets themselves are generally not considered dangerous, but having them in your house attracts a lot of other pests – spiders, wasps, beetles, small snakes, rats, and mice are just some of their natural predators.
Subterranean termites usually don’t leave any visible droppings (as these droppings are left in their tunnels, and even used during its construction), but drywood termites do. As mentioned earlier, these look quite similar to cricket droppings, but there are a few differences.
These pellets are a lighter color, and since they are ejected from termite infested wood, they fall in more uniform piles on the ground.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- Drywood termites are one of the most destructive pests any homeowner can find in their home, so if you find these droppings on your property take action right away.
- Whenever you’re dealing with a large quantity of feces – especially in enclosed areas – wear safety gear such as masks and gloves.
Once you’ve dealt with the pest infestation, prevent these pests from invading your home in the future by sealing possible entry points:
- Inspect your house and seal all cracks and crevices.
- Install mesh screens on any outdoor vents
- Consider installing screens on windows
- Consider investing in weatherstripping to close gaps on windows and doors
Remember, having termites in your home means costly repairs so get rid of them right away.
Crickets attract a lot of other pests, so if you don’t want all those other bugs finding their way into your home, get rid of them right away.