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What does roach poop (fecal pellets) look like?
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Roach fecal pellets have a cylindrical to roundish shape, slightly coarse surface, and are black to dark brown. The feces vary from specks to small pellets, depending to the size of the roaches.
While you may only see a few scattered pellets in some places, there can be a cluster in an area that they have infested for a long period, such as the bottom of an electric panel box or under a refrigerator.
Drywood termite fecal pellets are different from those produced by roaches in several ways. They are usually a light brown and the pellets are consistently capsule-shaped. Also, the capsules have small ridges running along their length that can be observed with a magnifying glass. Termite fecal matter is called “frass,” and it will often be observed in a small pyramid-shaped pile, directly below a tiny hole in the wall or ceiling where the termites have been kicking it out.
Roach feces is usually more randomly spread around the area where you find it. At a glance, termite fecal pellets may look similar to granules of light brown sugar and, because the pellets are so small, you will have to look closely to observe the capsule shape, which is shown greatly magnified below.
If you are unsure what type of fecal pellets you have found, we recommend calling a certified pest control operator.
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