It’s Not Always The Termites: A Look At Other Wood Pests

Whenever property owners come to Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections for help on pest infestations, most would attribute any wood damage they see to termites. However, upon inspection, our technicians find that many of these structural damages are not caused by termites or not only by termites alone but also other wood-boring pests.

Common Types of Wood Pests

Due to the widespread infestation of termites around Australia though, it is easy to mistake them for all kinds of wood damages, whether in residential properties or commercial buildings. In addition, not everyone is aware of several other types of wood pests that may be lingering in their property. So here’s a closer look at the other kinds of wood pests:

Furniture Beetle

The common furniture beetle is brown in appearance, measuring no more than 5 millimetres in length. The adults have a stripe-like pattern on their bodies. It is not the adult furniture beetle that damages wood materials, however, but the larvae. The larval phase takes three to four years, and during this period, the larvae feed on seasoned timber.

Dampwood Borer

Unlike most wood borers, the damp wood borer does not initiate the damage on wood structure. This large beetle with a hairy-like appearance feeds on both softwood and hardwood that is already decayed, or wood materials that are damp and prone to damage.

Powderpost Beetle

Another type of wood borer that only feeds on wood during larval stage is the powderpost beetle. They attack wood structures similarly as furniture beetles do, leaving small holes behind and a powdery form of the ingested wood. These beetles are noticeable for their heads and club-shaped antennae.

Longhorned Beetle

The longhorned beetle is named as such because of its long antennae, often longer than the size of their bodies. The adult longhorned beetles are between 15mm and 30mm in length, but some species can grow as long as 60mm. Outdoors, the larvae feed mostly on barks of trees. Indoors, they can eat through untreated timber, furniture and wood structure, usually made of hardwood and sapwood.

Identifying the Wood Pests

Wood damage can be a clear sign of pest infestation, and when neglected, can lead to significant damage to your property. While there are do-it-yourself solutions, being able to identify the type of wood pests that are attacking your property is the first step to effectively eliminating the infestation.

Our two-man team from Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections can help you, not only with identifying the types of wood-boring pests in your property, but also in determining the location and the severity of the infestation. After which, we will help you decide on the most effective method of treatment.