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FURNITURE BEETLE (Anobium Punctatum)

The commonest insect attacking some construction timbers and older furniture, the Common Furniture Beetle will attack all softwoods and some European hardwoods but are very rare in tropical hardwoods.

Damage is found typically around floor boards, ceiling battens, timbers in contact with solid walls, under stairs and places affected by damp. A severe infestation often relates to damp.

Adult insects are 3-5 mm long, dull brown in colour. The beetle has a " hooded " appearance and may be found near damaged timber or attracted to windows or white surfaces during warm weather.

The flight holes of the emerging adult are usually 1.5 - 2.0mm in diameter.

The larva is pale cream in colour with a dark band over the mouth part, has three small pairs of legs and is up to 6mm in length. It may be present in affected timbers for up to 3 years.

Tunnels 1.0 - 2.0mm in diameter are extensive. They will be of random orientation but mainly in the direction of the grain. These maybe exposed on the floor by general wear or when polishing floor boards.

Borer dust (frass), cream in colour, is made up of lemon shaped pellets, gritty when rubbed between the fingers.


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