Tiny Holes in Ceiling

P_BennettJune 28, 2012

My wife just looked up at our living room ceiling and noticed this group of holes (see attached picture). I felt around it and didn't feel any water or moisture, and we haven't seen any bugs or insects in the house (doesn't mean they don't exist, of course). Does anyone have any ideas as to what might have caused this??

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chibimimi

How long have you lived in this house? Did teenage boys live here before you?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:42PM
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krissie55

Looks like holes from someone throwing darts or shooting a BB gun.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 8:50PM
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azzalea

Yes, looks like the work of kids--do you have any? Or any who have visited lately? or perhaps a babysitter who may have had her boyfriend in while she was there?

While you're figuring it out, I'd get out a ladder, a large sheet of thin paper, a crayon and make a rubbing of the area, so you can tell if the number of holes increases (and when).

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 6:14AM
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brickeyee

What is above the ceiling?

An attic?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 9:48AM
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aidan_m

Doesn't look like insects...it looks pretty clearly like a sharp pointy object was poked into and pulled out of the gypsum panel.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 1:39PM
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sunnyca_gw

My guess would be ice pick or metal darts. have you noticed any "sand) or "dirt" looking area below. Might put a large sheet of paper on floor below it to see if little piles develop. We are getting new plants & critters in U.S. every year such as the tiny cream colored spiders that bite & burns like crazy. Medium sized red spiders that seem harmless but I don't keep them around long enough to know. I've seen them come out of boxes from China but they may have hitched a ride from anywhere the ship went! They can come in on bottom of wheeled luggage on shoes or clothing, in totes or duffel bags etc. I've seem tiny tunnels around on a ceiling with tiny black shelled bugs. They die with a flat tray of rat poison put up above the area they are in. We think they come in houses with the apples. They love the paper in the sheetrock. My aunt in N.Ca. has bugs that eat cardboard so anything she stored in a box was riddled with holes. Your holes look like they got there by humans messing around!!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 9:05PM
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azzalea

Ah, c'mon--don't leave us hanging--what have you discovered? surely by now, you've solved the mystery.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 10:21PM
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sameboat

I'm guessing a very sharp pencil tip flung at the ceiling.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 11:21AM
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llaatt22

Someone in a now forgotten generous stupor trying to find joist support for the bracket(s) needed to hang a big flat screen TV or heavy fancy lamps surprise gift?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 4:14PM
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toxcrusadr

No pencil I know would penetrate drywall without at least the tip breaking off. Something heavier and more durable did that.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 5:11PM
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sonyarose

Hi,

Did you ever find out what it was? We just noticed quite a bit of tiny holes (like the marks from a few 100 darts) on our bedroom ceiling. Some areas of tiny holes are also in our living room and 2nd bedroom. It looks very much like your photo. Thanks.

Best,
Sonya

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 7:01PM
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brickeyee

"No pencil I know would penetrate drywall without at least the tip breaking off. "

Try a 9H drafting pencil.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 1:57PM
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