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More Detailed Photo - Egg or Something Else? [a: drywood termite feces]

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  1. Over_This

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    Mon Feb 27 2017 21:10:01
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    Good evening,

    I've taken a much more detailed photo of the mystery particles on the night stand in my new apartment. They were in a drawer and the carpet under the stand. Any ideas?

    Many thanks in advance!

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    Mon Feb 27 2017 21:27:42
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    Lou will probably know. In the meantime, check this site on reddit, it's pretty active:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/whatsthisbug/

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    My money is on beads/seeds from an eye mask

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    Mon Feb 27 2017 22:47:38
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    Hi,

    100% not bed bug related. The link below is to a close up image of bed bug eggs so you can see the clear differences.

    https://flic.kr/p/SrDrxW

    Hope that helps.

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    My money is on beads/seeds from an eye mask

    Oooh, interesting!

  6. loubugs

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    Tue Feb 28 2017 0:25:03
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    KillerQueen - 2 hours ago  » 
    My money is on beads/seeds from an eye mask

    These look like drywood termite feces.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.
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    loubugs - 4 hours ago  » 

    KillerQueen - 2 hours ago  » 
    My money is on beads/seeds from an eye mask

    These look like drywood termite feces.

    Thanks Lou, always wondered what Termite droppings were like as we don't have them in the UK apart from one small village in Cornwall.

    David

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    bed-bugscouk - 23 minutes ago  » 

    loubugs - 4 hours ago  » 

    KillerQueen - 2 hours ago  » 
    My money is on beads/seeds from an eye mask

    These look like drywood termite feces.

    Thanks Lou, always wondered what Termite droppings were like as we don't have them in the UK apart from one small village in Cornwall.
    David

    That's drywood, but dampwood or subterranean are different, the latter more mud-like. Drywood droppings are compressed to retain more moisture.

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    I had my hands on termite poo?! Yuck! lol

    Thanks for solving the mystery, Lou!

    Okay, so now that I know what I'm dealing with, what should I do? They appeared to be only in that night stand and one area of the carpet, but I have no idea how termites behave. I removed the stand from the apartment, but does the poo imply they're hiding in the walls or something?

    I appreciate any advice!

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    Hi,

    Termites is a specialist service and you would be best served looking for a professional local to you who can come and advise given the specifics of what they find.

    David

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    So I have to tell my landlord.

    I was afraid of that. Meh.

    Thanks as always for the help!

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    As the liability for treatment likely resides with them its a good idea.

    Also please appreciate that its hardly your fault that there is a termite issue. Hopefully you have caught it early and the landlord can be thankful for your observation and swift action.

    Hope that frames things in a better way for you.

    David

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    Kalotermitid termites live within dry wood such as pieces of furniture. I forgot where you live. The problem might just have been within the piece you got rid of.
    The compression of the feces retains the moisture within the body prior to expelling them.

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    I really appreciate your responses, Lou and David! I'm so thankful you two are here!

    Lou, I live in Ohio. I didn't see a single bug, dead or alive, on the stand, but I don't know if that matters. Just the feces.

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    Termite feces are called frass as are some other droppings of other insects -- just sounds nicer (notice I didn't say appetizing; however, I have had termite alates (winged reproductives) that were prepared for consumption by boiling and drying). I don't think drywood termites are known from Ohio but can happen via infested furniture. I know of 2 art museums that have had drywoods brought in on picture framing and there are a few introduced populations of certain drywood species on Long Island and they've been there for over 10 years.


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