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wood pest in ceiling planks

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Joined: Jun 12 2006

A couple nights ago, I heard a scratching noise in my daughter's bedroom ceiling. I was shocked to learn from her that she’s heard it for months! I went up to the ceiling and found absolutely no sign of anything there (I have a tar and gravel roof). The termite inspector came out and said there were no obvious signs of a termite problem (he seemed pretty detailed); said there were no soft spots, “salt and pepper” dust, mud channels, etc. The sound also seems to come out at night more than the day. We bought the house last year so we don’t know the history, but I can see a few resin looking droplets that might have been a small leak in that spot. Has anyone else experienced such a sound? I have to say that I’m more than tempted to open up the roof to see what it is. I've read about carpenter ants but don't see any evidence or ant trails. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Joined: Feb 8 2005

most likely cats, rats, or raccoons. Go on your roof and take a look.

Joined: Dec 8 2006

we have similiar mystery sounds from above. in the morning it's the squirrels hopping from the trees and using the roof as an expressway to the fence line. at night it's the roof rats doing the same routine. sometimes it sounds like a disco party up there. no worries, just the pitter patter of tiny feet.

Joined: Mar 14 2006

Could be carpenter bees. We had a similiar sound (at night). It sounds like something is burrowing in the deep recesses of the roof. There is really no sign of intrusion by any insect. These carpenter bees are BIG but not dangerous. They just like the wood. You can try to close up your eaves. We hired an exterminator that comes bi monthly and sprays up there to keep them away. It seems to have helped dramatically.

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