We are finding strange stuff around the frame of our bathroom door. It looks almost like ground coffee, and has no discernible smell. It's getting out of hand: we cleaned it up yesterday and this much has showed up again today:

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There is nothing above or around the frame where this could have come from: no holes or cracks.

Is this the work of some form of woodworm, termite, or some other animal?

We live in a hot, arid climate on the Canary Islands.


I'm not a pest control specialist but that's got insect written all over it, and given the proximity to that wooden architrave/post/whatever-it-is I'd be worried about termites or some other wood boring critter. Call an exterminator post haste.

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    I agree, that looks like dry-wood termite excrement. They make "dump holes" in the galleries they carve out while munching away at your woodwork. Zap em with Term-Out. – Jimmy Fix-it Jul 29 '14 at 4:17
  • Definitely termites. Do a google image search for "termite excrement" – Handy Man Aug 2 '14 at 11:13

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