Termite Ceiling Damage

April 28, 2022

Termites are herbivorous insects that consume cellulose within wood and other organic materials, which means they can often be found in wooden structures like ceilings. But what does termite ceiling damage look like? We’ve outlined everything you need to know below as well as how to get rid of termites using a targeted pest control plan.

What does termite ceiling damage look like?

Termite ceiling damage looks like light water damage. This means you the damage may look like:

  • Sagging or buckling ceilings linings
  • Sagging or buckling roof tiles
  • Mud spotting on ceilings and cornices

Termite ceiling damage can cost you thousands of dollars to repair, so it’s crucial you know the signs of termites to stop an infestation early before it becomes widespread.

4 signs of termites in your roof

Knowing how to identify a termite infestation in your ceiling or roof void  is essential. To get started, here are some of the signs to look out for:

1. Ceiling cracks

When termites invade your ceilings, they may cause ceiling cracks as a result of wood damage.

2. Termite droppings

Termites usually leave behind light brown faecal pellets known as frass. As they clean their nests, they push the droppings out into your house.

3. Termite holes in ceiling

Termites eat the ceiling along with its wood grain, causing holes. The eaten ceiling will sound hollow when you tap it.

4. Termite tubes hanging from ceiling

Subterranean termites create mud tubes and mud spotting as they climb a wall or foundation. The mud tube is made of soil and small pieces of wood. It helps protect them from dryness and predators while travelling between the nest and a food source.

Once you notice termite tubes hanging from your ceiling, know that termites have already infested your ceiling.

Which termites infest ceilings?

Drywood termites and subterranean termites are the most common termites found in ceilings.

How do termites get in the ceiling?

Subterranean termites require soil to survive, so will make mud tubes that move up the wall or door frames on their way to the ceiling. Drywood termites have wings and usually fly into houses through any available cracks and crevices.

While both of these termites feed on wooden ceilings, which can lead to severe structural damage, they thrive in different environments. A subterranean termite attacks decaying, moist wood whereas a drywood termite prefers dry, non-decaying wood.

Do termites eat ceiling tiles?

No, termites only feed on cellulose (found in wood). However, as the termite eats away at the wood in your roof, there is a chance any ceiling tiles can shift or break as the structure underneath them weakens.

How do I get rid of termites in my roof?

The best and most effective way to get rid of termites is to speak to a termite control company like Pest Aid. If you suspect you have a termite problem, our technicians will conduct a thorough termite inspection of your property and then create a plan to eradicate them. While there are DIY methods available, they are by no means effective and you could risk making the termite ceiling damage worse.

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