Wood Worm attack!

On Saturday morning while working along side the contractor I discovered a small section of a floor in the flower room had or still is being eaten alive by wood worm!

So, the thought popped into my mind that a blog post would be in order.

What is wood worm?

Wood worm is a generic term used for any beetle larva which bores into wood.

These are the following;image002

  • Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
  • Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum)
  • House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
  • Powderpost Beetle or wood boring weevil (Lyctus brunneus)

Life cycle

The beetle lays its eggs into an existing cracks or holes in the timber. The eggs then pupate into larva and the larva then burrows downwards into the wood, only surfacing to hatch into a beetle to breed.

It is only when this last stage happens that you can see an infestation, as the hole you see is an exit hole.

As you can imagine the house staff here and in any older property watch out for the signs of an attack, so to be able to nip it in the bud. There are many different treatments for wood worm and all successful. Some are simple in that you spray or brush on a suitable liquid or some are very technical which apply to a piece of furniture which needs special care.

I have included as usual a few snaps of the damage the offending beetle has caused.

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David

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