:) I work with a girl who has a screened-in deck. Her clapboard siding
:) where the deck meets the house is Cedar, and she has a dusty material
:) accumulating at the base of her siding on the floor of the screened-in
:) deck. She sweeps it away, and by the next day, it's back! She wasn't
:) sure of it's composition, so she brought a sample in to work for me to
:) examine. To the naked eye, it looks like dark brown sawdust, with
:) grains not much larger than ground black pepper. Under a 30x
:) microscope, I can see much of the material is insect parts... legs,
:) heads, and other ugly stuff. There were also some yellow translucent
:) balls of something that looks like Amber, some tiny seeds, and
:) something that might be insect droppings or 'frass'. I was leaning
:) towards it's origin being powder beetles, but I believe their mess
:) would not consist of so many insect parts. I am told there is no
:) evidence of other bugs, no spider webs or anything unusual.
:) Any thoughts as to what might be the source of this rapid accumulation
:) of insect carnage?
There are a number of ants they may be. If they are carpenter ants, she
need not be pushed into a high priced treatment..they are a nuisance.
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