There are many different species of woodworm and larvae. Some, like the Death Watch Beetle and the Common Furniture Beetle are well known, while others like the Powderpost Beetle less well known.
While the Powderpost Beetle might not have the same claim to fame as the Death Watch Beetle, it’s still very harmful to your home’s wood. The Powderpost Beetle is actually the collective name given to around 70 species of wood boring beetles in the same family.
Powderpost beetles differ from other wood boring beetles in that they have larger heads and smaller prothoraxes. The name “Powderpost” comes from the fact that the larvae of these beetles reduces wood to a fine powder if given enough time to feed.
Powderpost beetles feed off deciduous trees (trees whose leaves fall off during the autumn). This allows them to feed on both hardwoods and softwoods – although some hardwoods are immune to the Powderpost beetle if they have a low starch content.
Adult Powderpost Beetles often lay their eggs in wood such as: Oak, Ash, Mahogany, and Walnut. Infestations can occur in many types of wood furnishings including: panelling, flooring, window/door frames, and various types of wooden furniture.
The most common sign of Powderpost Beetle infestation is the small round exit holes made by the emerging adult beetles after they’ve deposited their larvae. Once they emerge from the wood the winged adults spread to other wood surfaces to deposit more eggs.
Combating the Powderpost Beetle
The different types of Powderpost Beetle have a varied life cycle ranging from as little as 3 months to several years. This life cycle depends on many factors, such as the temperature, humidity, and the quality of the wood they feast on.
Because of their potentially long life cycle, combating a Powderpost beetle infestation can be a difficult process. However, there are preventative measures you can take which will protect your home and furnishings from this problem.
Using chemically treated woods and making sure the surface of the wood is sealed are just two good preventative measures you can take. You should also make sure to fully inspect any wood before you buy it, since it’s common for the Powderpost Beetle to spread from outside sources.
If you do find yourself with an infestation, you should start treatment quickly. Various insecticides can be used to treat this issue. However, if the infestation is severe and you can remove the affected article from your premises, you are best using a fumigation service. Remember, though, that while fumigation will get rid of the current infestation its effects may not last. (Read more about our woodworm treatment services).
So in order to ensure the future protection of your home from the Powderpost Beetle make sure you invest in the preventative measures outlined above.