Deathwatch Beetle Treatment
Deathwatch Beetle is an indigenous British insect which due to its habits has been well known for several hundred years. It was given the name Xestobium rufovillosum by De Geer in 1774. Which is the name now commonly used although in older text the name tessellatum was used.
Deathwatch beetle outside habitat consist of the dead wood of trees or dead branches. Of several hardwood species where fungal decay occurs. A common situation being the dead wood in the trunk or crown of pollard willows. Oak, ash and sweet chestnut are also commonly infested by this species and hornbeam, poplar and whitehorn more rarely.
Indoors, they infest hardwood structural timber which has at some time has had a fungal infection. Oak is the most common timber attacked but chestnut, elm alder and walnut are sometimes infested. There are times when softwood is attacked if it is adjacent to hardwood but the attack originated in the hardwood.
The Deathwatch infested timber can appear quite sound yet the rich chocolate brown colour of the tunnelled timber. This makes it very probable that the living tree from the timber was felled. Was attacked by the beef steak fungus, Fistulina hepatica. This is the fungus which produces the brown colour from the frass in the oak when attack by the grub.
In other instances the cellar fungus Coniophora cerebella causing wet rot and Phellinus cryptarum and Polystictus versicolor cause white rots. This has brought about the incipient breakdown of the wood required by the beetle. This means the larva requires the wood to be partially pre-digested for it.
This phenomenon is a common occurrence amongst some wood boring beetles. But other common species such as the Common furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum and the House Longhorn, Heliotropes bajules. Feed on sound wood in buildings where fungal infection is apparently absent.
Death watch beetles are incapable of flight, only using there wing cases to steady themselves. So how do they infest our homes. This means the infestation was already in the timber when first used for construction purposes. The beetle has been there for generations and it's always been there.
These woodborer beetles create tapping or clicking sounds to attract mates. This tapping can be heard in old building rafters during quiet nights. The beetle stands on it's hind legs and head down and starts tapping it's head quickly.
The Deathwatch Xestobium rufovillosum name is associated with quiet sleepless nights and is named for the vigil kept beside the dying or dead.
These wood boring insects require a different approach when it comes to wood boring insect treatment. This is because the way they burrow into the timber they inhabit. The way we get rid of this timber pest is to understand its biology that’s why our Deathwatch beetle treatments are so effective.
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Deathwatch Beetle Treatment Advice
Deathwatch beetle treatment Xestobium rufovillosum requires a different treatment compared to common furniture beetle.
The beetle is a deep wood borer and needs to have insecticide added to the centre of timbers. This specialised work needs to be carried by experts in Deathwatch beetle infestations. And who have structural knowledge of timber and building experience.
Deathwatch beetle treatments are available for all types of properties including those with listed building status. For beetle infestations it is very important to treat all timbers correctly or risk further structural damage. All Deathwatch beetle treatments come with a 30 yr. Guarantee
Deathwatch Beetle Treatment Cost
Deathwatch beetle treatment costs vary according to type and size of the property involved. As each out break or infestation can spread in different ways. And attack different size beams or other large timber structure within the building. We offer a free Deathwatch beetle treatment survey to help identify what each client’s needs with their particular problem.
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Deathwatch Beetle Identification
The Death Watch Beetle is a wood boring beetle, typically sized between 6mm - 9mm, the females slightly larger than the males.
And larvae growing up to 11mm long. It is dark greyish brown in colour with a pattern of yellowish scale like hairs on the pronotum and wing cases. The wing cases however often become rubbed when the colour may be more reddish and shining. The longitudinal rows of small pits on the wing cases, present in Anobium punctatum are absent in Deathwatch.
The pronotum which is much more widely flanged, hoods over the head just as in Common furniture beetle. Death watch is in the same family the ANOBIIDAE as the Common furniture beetle Anobium punctatum.
Deathwatch Beetle Sound
The tapping of the adult beetles is a well-known phenomenon. Both sexes tap and it's the sound of the tapping in the quiet hours of the night in a sick room which has given it is common name. In captivity the adults can be stimulated to tap by four or five quick raps with a pencil. The tapping is believed to be helpful when looking for a mate. When the Death watch beetle is about to tap, its body stiffens and pushes its body up into an arch. It then strikes its head against the wood about seven or eight times within a second.
Deathwatch Beetle found in hard wood timbers like oak and elm. Identification is found during wood boring insect surveys. Deathwatch beetle damage can cause structural failings in roof timbers. Beetle damage to timber notice how the timber has been damaged by Deathwatch beetle leaving fight holes.
Deathwatch Survey Xestobium rufovillosum
Have you had a homebuyers report or may be found Deathwatch 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. Then recommend a woodworm treatment to eradicate them quickly and safely.
Deathwatch Beetle Damage
These wood boring beetles can destroy timbers within 6 months of laying there larva into wood. Large roof timbers can suffer structural failure quickly if left untreated.
The Deathwatch larva is large and eats through the centre of large beams leaving lots of large tunnels in the damaged timber. A full survey is needed to find the full extent of the infestation.
Where Would You Find Them
The Deathwatch Beetle causes woodworm problems particularly in Southern/Central England. The further North in the UK you travel this woodworm beetle is rarer and in Scotland virtually absent. This beetle prefers European hardwoods, including oak, ash and chestnut. Especially wood that has been softened with dry or wet rot.
The larvae tend to tunnel towards the centre of the timber resulting in extensive damage that can often be hidden from view on the outside of the timber.
Deathwatch beetles are found in decaying oak and elm trees.
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