A mum was left scratching her head after finding a strange trace on the skirting boards of her home.
The woman, from Victoria, was perplexed when she noticed a line of tiny specks on her baseboard to the floor.
Many warned that they needed to call an exterminator as it was a sign that their home was infested with termites.
‘Does anyone have any idea what this is? Any help would be greatly appreciated,” she wrote in a post on Moms Bunnings Australia.
Some were stumped and shared their guesses, including white ants and cockroaches.
A Melbourne mother was left baffled after finding a row of millions of strange, tiny specks from the skirting board of her home to the floor.
‘Oh, I’d be crying!’ one woman said and another joked, ‘I think the upside-down portal might be near your house!’
Many were quick to identify that the problem was caused by termites in the wood.
“That’s a termite straw indicating you have an active termite infestation,” one member responded.
“Get it checked out immediately by an exterminator,” a second recommended, and another laughed: “Or an exorcist.” “That shit looks creepy.”
‘You do a lot of damage, you little bastards. We caught ours reasonably early, we found them by accident when replacing a light switch and they had eaten almost all the wood out of a wall,” someone explained.
Many were quick to identify that the problem was caused by termites in the wood. The trail was an accumulation of termite excrement known as frass or shelter tubes.
The trail is an accumulation of termite excrement known as frass or a sludge also known as a shelter tube.
Shelter tubes are small tunnels that pests create to move around the house protected from sunlight and other ants.
According Forensic pest management servicesMud tubes are a sign that subterranean termites are present and are a “red flag” of infestation.
“When you see a mud tube, chances are termites have already made a home inside your home, and it’s crucial to partner with a professional termite controller for a complete extermination,” he said.
“However, you can prevent mud tubes by avoiding wet dirt around your home.”