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Can termites eat metal?

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

It is very unlikely termites eat metal. Why is that so?

Metal does not contain cellulose that termites are after so they are not tempted to eat it.

However, just like concrete, termites only need a small compromised area of the metal to crawl or burrow through in order to reach the wood on the other side.

So even if your house is made out of metal, termites will come through in search for cellulose based material to breakdown. That can be documents, picture frames,


It was very unique experience for us when a Government Gym in Ipoh, Perak contacted us for Termite Infestation. It was unique to find the locker compartment which is made of Aluminium to have bite marks. And this bite marks is so fine, that we highly believe it was the works of termites. It's a first time for us. But nonetheless, we want to share this image.

This is a termite educational and informational blog. Termites are a organized building & structurally damaging pest. This pest is a common problem and issue in Malaysia, South East Asia & other parts.


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