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Wood damaging pests can attack expensive antiques and even a building’s structural components. Wood pests, also known as wood borers, have managed to develop an astonishing variety of life forms, and can even live comfortably in totally dry wood.
Much damage caused by wood boring beetles in Australian softwood timber in services can be attributed to the Common Furniture beetle. Its natural habitat is the broken branches of trees and areas where the tree bark has been removed.
Adult beetle is 3 – 4mm in length.
Larva will live for 3 - 5 years boring through timber before emerging to breed.
This beetle is not native to Australia, originating in Europe this pest now has a worldwide distribution. The House Longhorn Beetle is also known as the European House Borer, Italian beetle and other regional names.
One species of Powder Post Beetle is commonly found in Australia. This beetle infests hardwood timber in service such as Eucalyptus, Oak, Ash, Elm, Walnut, Sycamore, Sweet Chestnut and African Mahogany. It attacks these wide-pored hardwoods because the female beetle is able to fit her eggs into these pores.
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