Old 11-08-20, 06:25 PM
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Can someone tell me if these are termites? There is also a soft section in another part of the wall, and a discolored section.

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Old 11-09-20, 06:29 AM
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Doesn't look like subterranean termite evidence from the pic, though considering the ramifications, you need to know for sure. It may be drywood termite evidence and seeing that you are in San Diego that is a possibility, I'd focus in that direction. Here in the northeast, I've never dealt with dry woods at all, so I want to be careful. Do a search for "dry wood termite fecal pellets" and see what you think. Another good thing to do would be to take a large sample of the dirt/frass to a local county agricultural extension agent as they are familiar with local pest issues and are a source of objective information; no sales job.

My second thought would be carpenter ant evidence. When you look closely into the dirt/frass, do you see any ant bodies, or partial ant bodies? If so, I'd be leaning towards carpenter ants. Keep us posted.
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