A number of insects , mainly beetles , are able to use wood as a food source and some of them can cause serious damage to building timbers.
The beatles all have fairly similar life cycles , although there are variations in the length of each stage in the cycles, the type of wood attacked, and the extent and type of damage caused.
Importance of identification
The existence of damage caused by wood boring insects does not always indicate a need for remedial treatment , correct identification is essential before any consideration can be given to whether treatment is needed. Seamless Preservations qualified surveyor can identify the beetle type during a survey and recommend the appropriate remedial action.
Typical life cycle of a wood boring beetle
- Hatching larvae on surfaces or in crevices of wood for 1-5 years
- Larvae then grows Larva
- The larva then grows to a pupa
- A total of 6 weeks from Larva to adult beetle, then beetles may crawl or fly to other timbers nearby
It is very important to correctly identify different types of wood boring beetle as some types such as Deathwatch beetle , or House longhorn can cause structural failure in timbers as they can get eaten into as far as the heartwood of a timber.