Common Furniture Beetle Treatment
Common furniture beetle treatment is for this tiny timber pest. The common furniture beetle is the everyday name given to the insect which de Geer called Anobium punctatum in 1774. The common furniture beetle belongs to the family ANOBIIDAE which contains about twenty two different species found in Britain. The adult beetle varies in size from 2.5 mm to nearly 4.5 mm in length and is usually chocolate brown in colour. All are covered with fine yellowish down which does not however hide the longitudinal rows of punctures or small pits on the elytra or wing cases.
They lay from twenty to sixty eggs are laid by each fertilized common furniture beetle female. The maximum possible is about eighty but the average is about 28 eggs. They are laid usually in small groups in cracks of unpolished wood, but sometimes they may be found just inside the old flight holes. In shape they are they are like oval pearls, but they are often pushed a little out of shape. When being forced into crevices during egg deposition they are easily seen with the naked eye.
The young larva emerges in two or three weeks’ time. Not from the top of the egg but from the base. And immediately commences to tunnel their way into the wood. The larval stage is spent entirely in the wood and extends for not less than two years. The average length of the larval stage properly being between three and four years: periods of five or even more are not uncommon.
Common Furniture Beetle Larvae
The common furniture beetle larva’s are greyish-white in colour and covered with fine hairs. The head is yellowish-brown, but the jaws are dark chestnut-brown. It usually holds its body in a hook shape when in the tunnel or tightly curved into a ball when it is brought out of the tunnel into the light. The larvae spend the whole of this stage tunnelling mostly up and down the grain, but often crossing into a different growth ring.
Tunnelling takes place in cold weather as well as in the summer, although at a decreased rate. And after tunnelling the larva withdraws a short distance from the working face for an hour or two. Before it starts tunneling again into the wood. The tunnel which is left behind is loosely filled with bore dust or powder which is known as frass. When the powder is rubbed together between the fingers it is gritty. In the early spring of the year in which the larva matures, it bores towards the outside of the wood. But just short of the actual surface it constructs a pupal chamber.
Which is slightly larger than the diameter of the gallery and changes into a pupa or a chrysalis. The pupa is creamy white in colour and in many ways resembles the adult common furniture beetle. All the legs, wing cases and antenna can be seen plainly, but are held in place by the thin transparent pupal skin. It can move only the last few segments of the abdomen, but in about six to eight weeks the pupal skin is burst off and the adult body form appears.
Although the adult stage has at last been reached a period is spent resting whilst the exo skeleton hardens and it turns into the characteristic brown colour. Then the beetle bites its way out into the open air and the hole it makes, which averages 1- 2 mm in diameter, is termed the fight hole. The adult beetle stage extends over two to three weeks only. During this time mating takes place and sometimes within a few hours of emergence and then the female lays her eggs.
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Common Furniture Beetle Treatment Advice
What is a common furniture beetle treatment; this is the way that we treat your particular problem. We have different solutions to treat the many types of wood boring insect that can live in our houses or garages. The pre-treatment starts with a survey from there we can suggest the best common furniture beetle treatment with the right products and methods to remove the common furniture beetle from your house, garage, loft, joists, loft timbers, stairs, furniture. Plus free 30 year Guarantee.
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Common Furniture Beetle? Where Would I Find them
The common furniture beetle is found in lofts, attics and damp basements on joists and ceiling timbers. If the infestation is heavy it will be in the floorboards. This beetle prefers softwood species of timber; they generally prefer damp pine woods.
Common Furniture Beetle Survey
Have you had a homebuyers report or may be found woodworm somewhere in your property. Such as the joists in the loft or the floorboards in the lounge. Then the best way to diagnosis any wood boring insect is to have a woodworm beetle survey. We can quickly write to you with a full report and identify which beetle species has infested. Your property’s timbers and recommend a woodworm treatment to eradicate them quickly and safely.