Wood damaging pests can attack expensive antiques and even a building’s structural components. Knowing the type of wood-boring beetles involved can help determine the most effective control methods.
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- The adult beetle is 10–25 mm in length.
- Black/brown colour with greyish hairs and two black spots on thorax which resemble eyes.
- The larva is greyish white and can grow up to 35 mm when fully developed.
- Female lays eggs in cracks and crevices of wood.
- Larva tunnels between sapwood and bark; subsequently move deeper into the wood as it matures.
- Larva creates a hole before it pupates and leaves wood fibres out of the hole.
- Often found infesting dying trees or abandoned logs.
- The adult beetle is flattened and elongated with 1–7 mm in length.
- Reddish to dark brown.
- The larva is white, slightly curved and can measure up to 5mm when fully developed.
- The newly hatched larva is straight, extraordinarily slender and less than 1 mm long.
- Under the favourable condition, it takes 9–12 months to develop fully.
- Adult lives 1–3 months.
- Usually attacks dry, untreated wood with chemicals and rich in starch, like Rubberwood, Ramin, Jelutong, Penarahan, Merbau and Kempas.
- The adult beetle is tiny, 1–2 mm in length.
- Elongate, cylindrical shaped and predominantly chestnut-brown or dark brown.
- The mature larva is creamy white, cylindrically shaped, with a yellowish head.
- Digs into the wood to construct galleries where they produce fungi for its larva to feed on.
- Often found infesting wood such as logs and timbers when it is still ‘green’ before it has been dried.
- The adult beetle is 2–20 mm in length.
- Bright metallic colours with flattened bodies and an elliptical outline.
- The larva usually takes 1–2 years to mature.
- Adult beetle has a short life span, usually living 3–5 months.
- Larva burrows into the heartwood of living or freshly felled trees.
- Larva creates a hole before it pupates and leaves wood fibres out the hole.
- Often found infesting abandoned trees and logs.
- Adult beetle length can go up to 3 mm and cigarette-shaped.
- Dark brown to black with reddish-brown legs and antenna.
- The larva is white, curve-shaped and can grow up to 3 mm long.
- Female lays up to 50 eggs.
- Larva takes 6–8 weeks to develop fully.
- Often attack logs and timbers.