Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)
Structural wood can become weak and brittle which puts the safety of inhabitants at risk, as the timber could snap and the structure may completely collapse. Bore holes are visible on the surface of the wood, and traces of bore dust litter the area, making your building unclean and also unsafe.
Woodworm can burrow into your timber structures and begin to disintegrate your wood. This is the most common of damaging pests; it creates a habitat within the wood and lays eggs which produce larva that burrow through the timber for 2-4years.
Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium Rufovillosum)
Holes in the timber, bore dust, exposed tunneling which occurs in severe cases and fungal decay resulting in structural damage to the building. This pest leaves your wooden structures vulnerable to weakness and potential collapse.
The death watch beetle is a major threat once established inside wood. It is often found living in hard wood, with oak being particularly vulnerable to attack. This is where its name is derived – thanks to its preference to old wooden beams situated in churches, and also the tapping noise it makes as a mating noise.
Other Wood Boring Beetles
Holes and grooves on the timber’s surface, and often the presence of fungal decay. The internal structure of the wood becomes weak and susceptible to collapse if any pressure or force is applied to it.
The house longhorn beetle, the wood boring weevil and the lyctus powderpost are other wood pests that pose major risks to any piece of wood within your building. If the insect becomes established in the material, it needs to be completely eradicated as soon as the problem is discovered to prevent any further damage.