Termite Damage sheet rock

Old 03-21-10, 08:59 AM
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Termite Damage sheet rock

What does termite damage in sheet rock look like? I piece of decorative wood fell off bedroom wall and the sheet rock behind it looks like it has specks of brown granules. I used Liquid Nails adhesive 10 years ago to apply this decorative wood to the sheet rock. Could granules be this adhesive crumbling? The sheet rock has a very small gap (1/4 inch or less) but I have not seen any termites in the house.
Old 03-21-10, 09:11 AM
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Hi Donna. Not a termite expert, although I have run into their handy work much more often than I would like. But I have never seen them go after sheetrock. One of the achilles heals for termites is, they need moisture and you will always find their damage associated with a path to it somewhere. If they can't go through the wood, they build tunnels across the surface, but never walk out in the open.

I think your guess is correct, that this is the aged remains of the adhesive you used.

Hope this helps.

Old 03-21-10, 02:10 PM
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I'm trying to remember I've run across termite damage in drywall only once.... I think it was mainly where they had dug thru the gypsum close to the paper making the drywall unpaintable. The damage was over a wide spread area.

I agree with Bud, it was probably the adhesive, termites wouldn't have attacked the drywall and skipped the wood.

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