Wood damaging pests can attack expensive antiques and even a building’s structural components. Wood pests have managed to develop an astonishing variety of life forms, and can even live comfortably in totally dry wood.
Much damage caused by wood boring beetles in wood can be attributed to the Common Furniture beetle. Its natural habitat is the broken branches of trees and areas where the tree bark has been removed.
Adult beetle is 3 – 4mm in length.
Larva will live for 3 - 5 years boring through wood before emerging to breed.
Although the old house borer is not native to Canada, it now has a worldwide distribution. Despite its name, the wood-boring beetle typically attacks wood less than 10 years old.
One species of Powder Post Beetle is commonly found in Canada. This beetle infests hardwood timber in service such as Eucalyptus, Oak, Ash, Elm, Walnut, Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut and African Mahogany. It attacks these wide-pored hardwoods because the female beetle is able to fit her eggs into these pores.