If you find wood boring insects attacking your timber floor or wooden structures of your property then you need give us a call right now.
- Wood boring insects infest wood in the search of food, and suitable breeding conditions. Often found in buildings, they attack seasoned timber.
- Damage is usually evident in the surface of the timber by the appearance of small round shaped flight holes usually 1-2mm in diameter, and a gradual reduction in strength. In extreme cases, the affected timber may become too weak to support even normal loadings.
The two most widespread of these borers are the Lyctids and Anobiids. The female lays her eggs in the cracks or crevices in the timber, or within the pores of the timber.
Larvae develop and actively tunnel within the wood deriving nourishment from the wood itself.
These are small, brown and flattened in appearance.
Painted and varnished timbers are not susceptible to attack although adult beetles may emerge through the coated surfaces. Reinfestation can also occur by Lyctus or other borers through these holes if left unfilled.
As the attack proceeds, the larvae eat through the wood leaving a fine powdery dust, usually present beneath any timber that has been attacked.
These range in colour, from light reddish yellow, through greyish brown to brown, and have a concealed head.
Unlike the Lyctids, infestation by anobiids often results in structural weakening of the timber and can be far more serious. Once attack is initiated it is unlikely to cease or die out of its own accord without some sort of eradication treatment.
Common furniture beetles prefer sapwood but will attack both sapwood and heartwood. Preferring humid conditions, they usually attack softwood flooring, skirtings and joinery.
In buildings, damage is most frequent in damper places e.g. the ground floor timbers. In drier situations e.g. furniture and roof timbers, infestations tend to develop more slowly and the life cycle is prolonged.
It will attack timber in poorly lit areas such as the underside of floor boards, ceiling joists and lining boards. It can emerge through paint and varnish, and will re-infest through its emergence holes.