Wood-boring Beetles

Since 31 August 2013 the Council has ceased to offer a pest control service to residents. This information page is a guidance for residents.

What do they look like?

The term ‘Woodboring Beetle’ encompasses several similar species of beetles whose larval or adult forms eat and destroy wood. They are small insects with six legs, and are approximately 6mm in length.

How do I spot them?

Wood-boring Beetles live in tunnels they dig within wooden beams and structures which are often associated with fungal decay. It is often possible to find their entrances to their tunnels and this consequently leads to the opportunity of witnessing one.

How do they affect me? 

Although Woodboring Beetles pose no direct threat to humans in the same way other pests do, they can cause significant damage to individuals' properties.

How do they live?

Woodboring beetles are most often spotted a few years after a new construction. This is because the timber supplied may have been contaminated with beetle eggs or larvae, and as beetle life cycles are at least a year, it may take several years before the beetles presence becomes noticeable.  

Beetles thrive in areas with high humidity, such as poorly-ventilated loft spaces.

How do I control them?

If furniture is infested, then it should be removed immediately before the infestation spreads.

Wood can be protected from infestation and existing infestations eradicated by treatment with a commercial wood preservative, persistent contact insecticidal fluid, or preservative-insecticide mixture sold for 'woodworm' control. These chemicals are made up in appropriate solvents designed to give maximum penetration of the wood and can be applied by brushing, spraying or pressure-injection (although the latter method usually requires the services of a specialist pest control company).

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