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Woodworm beetle

A woodworm beetle, or more accurately, a wood-boring beetle, will lay its eggs into timber and these eggs develop into the wood-boring larvae widely known by the generic term woodworm.

Unfortunately there are several different varieties of these unwelcome little pests and each has their own particular characteristics that influence the type of timber they will infest, and their life span in the larval stages.

If you suspect you have a woodworm infestation, or have found beetles emerging from timber in your property then we suggest you should take a look at our woodworm treatment pages to discover how our woodworm experts can help you.

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Common types of woodworm beetles

Read our profiles of the four most common offenders...

Common furniture beetle

(Anobium punctatum)

Responsible for about 75% of all woodworm damage to property in the UK, attacking both soft and hard woods. The adult beetle produces flight holes approximately 2mm in diameter and is chocolate brown coloured. It is able to fly. One beetle can lay between 30 - 40 eggs at a time and the life cycle of the larvae averages 3 years.

Death watch beetle

(Xestobium rufovillosum)

The most damaging wood borer in old buildings, attacking hardwood and often found in timbers that also suffer from fungal decay. Bigger than the Common Furniture Beetle it produces flight holes of approximately 3-4mm in diameter and are greyish brown in colour. Its life cycle averages 5 to 6 years. It is capable of flight and lays eggs in small clusters.

Wood boring weevil

(Euophryum confine)

Widespread in the UK and associated with wet rot decay. The adult is 3-5mm long, blackish brown and identifiable by its long ‘snout’. Normally associated with damp timber and appears to have two overlapping life cycles in the year. Flight holes are small 1mm diameter and ragged. This beetle is rarely treated with an insecticide as the fungal decay problem is more prevalent. Once the fungal decay problem is resolved the woodworm problem will die out naturally.

House longhorn beetle

(Hylotrupes bajulus)

This large insect is mainly found in a 50 mile radius from Camberley (West London) and is sometimes known as the Camberley beetle. It attacks only softwood but because of its size and ability to bore extensively through sapwood and into heartwood, the damage caused is rapid and severe. It is greyish brown to black, has a life cycle of 5-11 years and can reach 25mm long. Flight holes are oval up to 9mm by 6mm. Each beetle can lay up to 200 eggs.

Protect your property against woodworm beetles

If you are concerned that you have identified woodworm beetles in your property then your next step should be to arrange for one of our fully certified and accredited specialists to conduct a full and thorough woodworm survey at your property.

Our surveyors are industry leaders in the identification and treatment of woodworm and come equipped with unrivalled knowledge and experience to help you protect your property against woodworm infestations.

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