How Termites Damage Floors

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Termites are a destructive pest; they damage our homes and our gardens, and cause damage to our wallets! We’ve all heard horror stories about termites getting into walls, but did you know they can also do serious harm to your floors? A termite inspection is very important if you suspect termites. 

Termites can prove a large problem for the ground you walk on everyday, so it is important to know how a termite can damage your flooring, the signs to look out for and how you can treat the problem. You may need to book a termite inspection in Perth .


While termites are generally more interested in soft wood or already decomposing wood than hard wood, they can certainly devour both! Unfortunately, if you have a hardwood floor that begins to show signs of stress from termite damage, you will no doubt find there is significant damage to the supporting structures below the wood as well.

So what are the signs to look for on your beautiful wooden floor, and how can you catch the termites before they make a feast of your floors?

You may need to book termite treatment and if you are in Perth, we recommend The Pest Guys.

Hollow Sounds

As with walls that have experienced termite damage, floors may begin to have a hollow sound. As termites make their way through the structures in your home, whether it is the walls or the floors, they create cavities, which result in a hollow sound when the wood is tapped. You may require a termite inspection. 

Swollen or Sinking Floors

If termites have made their way under your home, the supporting structures of your flooring may be the first to be damaged. This may not be an obvious sign straight away, but you may begin to notice the floor either looking swollen and raised, thanks to the moisture from the termites, or you may find the floors sinking due to lack of support.


While homeowners with laminate flooring may think they’re safe from termite damage, the truth is that termites can still find their way to the supporting beams and structures under your laminate floor to cause damage. As homeowners, we very rarely see what is under our laminate flooring, so when we do see the signs of damage to the laminate itself, it is definitely time to call in The Pest Guys.

That Sinking Feeling

As with wooden floors, a sign of severe damage to your laminate flooring is sinking or sagging. Termite damage in laminate flooring may also result in a mouldy odour, or the appearance of water damage!

Unfortunately once there is termite damage to your laminate flooring, the laminate may require complete replacement. The silver lining of a flooring replacement is that you can access the underlying wooden structures that need replacing and repairing.


Unfortunately concrete isn’t impenetrable; termites can still find their way through minute cracks and crevices in the concrete. This is particularly problematic if you have wooden flooring laid on top of the concrete!

While the concrete itself won’t buckle due to termite damage, termites can turn a small crevice into a larger one! Termites can fit through spaces as small as 1/32 of an inch, and once a few termites have squeezed their way through,

the small cracks are no longer that small.

Prevention Is The Best Measure

Rather than waking up one day to sagging floorboards or laminate, get on top of your pest control with a Termite Inspection in Perth from The Pest Guys! Don’t delay, book an inspection today with one of our professionals.