About Wood Worms

Just when you thought you are through dealing with pest infestation, you are faced again with another pest that can ruin the furniture and the other wooden parts of your house. They are not termites but they are no less bothersome. These pesky creatures are usually known as woodworm. The word woodworm is a bit misleading, because they are not really worms but larva of different kinds of insects that bore into dead woods. Now that it has a name, probably the next thing you need to do is find the right wood worm treatment.

What are wood worms?

The dictionary term of wood worm is an insect larva that bores especially in dead wood. If you look for other meaning, the word wood worm is a generic term for a number of wood boring insects. These larvas feed and live on wood before they age and become adult beetles. When they become beetles they chew on the wood, emerge from the wood and mate. When they lay their eggs, they feed on the wood. The wood would then have tunnels that can damage and weaken wood structure.

What are the common types of wood worms?

There are four commonly found types of wood worm. Two of them are most well-known types are the Death Watch Beetle and Common Furniture Beetle. The less known ones are the House Longhorn Beetle and Wood Boring Weevil.

The common furniture beetle attacks the sapwoods, softwood, and plywood. They usually go with the grain so it will be less noticeable. They are the most prevalent types.

The death watch beetle attacks the heartwood of hardwoods. They rarely attack softwoods. The tunneling is extensive and the damage would look as worse than it really was. The size of this wood worm is at 7mm.

The House Longhorn Beetle can really be damaging. It attacks the sapwood of softwood. They frequently leave a very thin part of the firm wood. The wood would be structurally unsafe.

The Wood Boring Weevil attacks only decaying woods. The main problem here is not the wood boring weevil but the fungal of wood.

Written by Leonardo Fonte

Leonardo Fonte

My name is Leonardo Fonte and I am engaged in the destruction of rodents and pests. I have a pharmacological education and practice allergy treatment in the Tennessee hospital.