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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

Frass control is a critical part of any insect removal program. Understanding the properties of frass can help you to identify it and make decisions about your pest-control needs. Frass can be used as a source of food or even as construction materials. This means that you will need to eliminate this material from your home as a part of your long-term program for pest control.

About Insect Frass

Frass is a term that refers to insect fecal matter, which can have different appearances. Each type of pest will digest materials from their diet and leave the excrement behind. This becomes a sign of their presence, and it can be used to determine the kind of pest infestation you are experiencing. Frass can be composed entirely of fecal matter, but some insects will also excrete the parts of the wood that they consume as food. This can show up in the frass, and it can help you to determine what kind of pest is infesting the property. Frass can also be used as a food source. Some insects will raise their young on frass, and this type of recycling makes it even more imperative to eliminate the pests from the building.

How to Identify Frass

Each insect will have a different method of storing their frass. Termites will excrete frass from the small holes in their nest walls, for example. Their frass appears on the other side, and it accumulates in piles that often take on a cone-shaped appearance. Frass from certain types of bees will have a very different appearance than the frass from termites or carpenter ants. This frass remains in the body of the young bee for as long as several months. They have a storage area inside their gut, which can hold the frass for this long period of time. They will mature into adulthood as the waste material accumulates inside of their body. Finally, they will excrete the frass all at once into a large pellet called a meconium. Honey bees also excrete their held frass at once as soon as they leave their nest. Termite frass is cleaned by bacteria that resides inside of their gut, so the frass is sanitized. These pellets can then be used as construction materials.

Midwestern Pest Control

Our service team has been trained to correctly identify each type of frass. This means that we can detect and eliminate various types of pests from your residential or commercial property. Frass can be used as construction material, so it is important to act quickly once the signs of a pest infestation become visible. Our detection and elimination methods will allow you to enjoy a pest-free environment all year. Contact us for additional details.

Whether you are in Franklin County or a surrounding area, be sure to give us a call. Check out our service area and see if we can make it out to your home or business!

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