Woodworm Life Cycle
The woodworm life cycle contains 4 main stages a woodworm beetle goes through each year to fulfil the annual breeding cycle
- Breeding - 2. Larvae hatch - 3. Larvae start to eat - 4. A larva turns into an adult Woodworm beetle - process repeats from stage 1.
Woodworm Life Cycle Infestation
To successfully eliminate your woodworm life cycle from reappearing. Be Dri understand the whole process throughout the woodworm life cycle. We can therefore not only stop your adult woodworm problem; we eliminate woodworm at all life cycle stages.
Woodworm life cycle explained:
For the purpose of this explanation we have made the assumption that the beetle that lands on the timber is a pregnant female. Woodworm begin breeding
Woodworm begins breeding
After mating, the woodworm beetle lays approx. 30 to 60 eggs. Injecting them into the open pores of the timber often open grain sawed ends.
Eggs are never laid onto sealed or varnished surfaces. It is common for the beetle to lay the eggs down the old "Flight holes”, and tunnels, often well below the surface. The Eggs are laid singly or in rows of two, three or four. The Egg has a life of 14 to 28 days after lying.
Woodworm Larvae hatch
After a few weeks the eggs hatch downwards into the timber and produce larvae. This is the worm stage of the infestation.
Symbiotic yeast's enable the larvae to convert cellulose to protein in their gut. And this process is assisted by a secretion of enzyme which breaks down material to simpler sugars. Factors which contribute to the rate of larval development are: Temperature, Humidity & nutritional value of the timber.
Woodworm larvae start to eat Wood & Timber
The woodworm larvae carries on for anywhere between 2 and 5 years. In that time the larvae eats its way up and down the timbers and causes structural damage to the timber.
It is at this stage in the lifecycle that the frass, or dust, that is associated with woodworm is produced. Towards the end of the woodworm lifecycle, larvae form a pupal chamber. Where it enlarges the tunnelling towards the surface of the timber and pupates from the larval stage into an adult beetle.
Larvae turn into a woodworm beetle Woodworm Beetle grows into an adult
The adult beetle then eats its way through the last thin veneer of timber. That produces the round exit holes that you normally see. From this point, the woodworm beetle causes very little damage to the timber. It is the round exit holes that normally identify timber that has been subjected to woodworm beetle infestation.
The females live for between 10 and 14 days. Where as their male counterparts only live between 3 and 4 days. Once the adult male beetles have emerged from the chamber their sole purpose is to mate. With as many female partners in their short lifespan and the lifecycle continues.
The Adult beetle lives for about a 4 week period, during which time it lays its eggs. Both mating and egg lying can take place within the emergence hole (Flight-hole) itself. Females shelter in flight holes periodically after emergence. And hence there are many opportunities for re-infesting attacked wood.
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
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