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Termite infestation: Mum’s horror after finding two ‘sticks’ on her ceiling

Mum’s horror after finding two ‘sticks’ on the ceiling, before the grim reason they are there is revealed.

  • A woman has termites in her bathroom.
  • She only found out after seeing ‘sticks’ coming from the ceiling.
  • Termites damage an average of 34,000 Australian homes each year

A busy mum was horrified after finding two ‘sticks’ stuck to her bathroom ceiling ‘out of nowhere’.

The mother sought advice from online household and cleaning experts in an attempt to find out what was causing the little brown “twigs,” but wasn’t ready for the answer.

“Looks like there are termites, get your roof checked ASAP,” said one woman.

Dozens of people agreed that the ‘sticks’ looked like tiny termite tracks and could be the sign of a much bigger problem.

“They’re kind of garden termites, I had them once in a rental,” said another.

Woman was stumped after finding these two sticks on her bathroom ceiling

The ‘sticks’ appear to be ‘mud tubes’ that termites use as ‘tunnel-like structures’.

According to pest-aid, they are irregularly shaped and made of wood, dirt, feces and saliva and are seen both outside and inside the house.

The tubes protect termites from predators and from drying out (since subterranean termites need moisture to survive) as they travel between a food source and the nest.

Others offered other explanations for the new brown decorations in the woman’s bathroom.

“It looks like they could be wasp nests,” said one woman.

While another attributed the mounds to ‘bad wiring’.

The woman reacted with surprised emojis after termites were suggested.

Termites damage an average of 34,000 Australian homes each year, costing an average of around $10,000 to clean each time.

What are termites?

Termites are insects that feed on wood and other cellulose-based products; they are mainly household pests, recycling dead and rotting wood and other plant matter and as a food source for many animals.

Termites are detritus or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees. Termites search for nutrients to obtain cellulose, an organic fiber found in wood and plant matter.

Wood is the main food for termites, but they can also eat other materials, such as paper, plastic, and dry matter. Most species prefer dead wood, but some termites feed on living trees. Each type of termite has its dietary preferences.

The termite’s mouth can chew dry matter. Although termites are only about 1 cm long, their nutritional appetites can cause adverse damage to homes, furniture, bookshelves, and books, all of which have nutritional value to termites.

Each colony has a Queen, King, workers, soldiers, and reproductives, which are like queens-in-waiting.

Fountain: pest management

It’s important to catch them early, which means knowing the signs, like mud forming on walls or ceilings.

According to the experts at the Termi Trust, the best way to pick up termites before they cause too much damage is to carry out regular pest inspections.

It’s important not to disturb termites, signs they might be in your home also include damp walls, faint knocking or chewing noises behind drywall, power outages, and buildup of earthy materials around power points.

Signs you have termites (and what you can do about it):

Signs you may have termites

– Mud trails leading up the sides of buildings

– Accumulation of dried mud in the joints of the architraves of doors or windows

– Formation of blisters on the architrave of doors or windows, or on the baseboards

– Damp areas or damp spots on walls

– Weak knocking or chewing noises behind plaster walls

– Power outages and accumulation of earthy materials around power points.

– Soft flooring

– During spring and fall evenings, large swarms of “flying black ants” may actually be winged termites that break free from the nest. This is a strong indication of the presence of termite colonies.

What should you do if you suspect you have termites?


– Try to guess what they are, even if you only suspect they might be termites, follow our checklist below.

– Annoy them or investigate further: this will scare them and make it harder to deal with.

– Try to kill them with pest sprays, home connections, or DIY methods from the internet; the only effective treatments for termites are through licensed pest controllers.

– Ignore them


– Keep calm

– Act immediately

– Look in your meter box for a white ant or termite treatment sticker; it will show the treatments or inspections carried out previously and the company that carried them out with whom you should contact

– If there is no label on the meter box, contact an expert and have them perform a full activity inspection of your home

– Have the technician explain the inspection process, the scope of termite activity, treatment options, and how they work.

– If there appears to be damage, the technician will report the extent of the damage.

– Once the termites have been treated, be sure to perform a termite inspection at least once a year.

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