The lifecycle of all wood destroying insects is a simple one:
- An egg is laid which hatches into a grub (larvae) which bores into the wood. It is this action which causes initial damage to the timber.
- The larvae creates a chamber below the surface of the wood where it pupates from grub to chrysalis to an adult beetle.
- The adult beetle chews its way to the surface of the wood, creating the noticeable exit hole. Mating takes place and this lifecycle is repeated.
The two most common beetles found in the South East are:
Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum).
Commonly referred to as ‘Woodworm’, attacking both hardwoods and softwoods.
These beetles are 2-5mm in length, reddish to blackish brown in colour and flight exit holes are generally 1.2mm diameter.
Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum).
A serious pest in older houses and churches etc.
They tunnel into Oak and other hardwoods (can sometimes be found in softwood). Their flight exit holes are circular and between 3-5mm.
Their larvae can live for up to 10 years in the wood.
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