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Common Furniture Beetle
Anobium punctatum

In the UK, this is the most common of the various different species of woodworm beetle that attack seasoned timber. The adult lays about 30-40 eggs in crevices in a piece of seasoned timber and these eggs hatch after about 3-4 weeks. The hatchlings are in the form of grubs, which burrow into the timber for between 3 to 5 years. Then, during the months of April/May, the adult beetles emerge through the small, circular bore holes which are characteristic of the activity of this type of beetle.

Death Watch Beetle
Xestobium rufovillosum

This type of woodworm beetle normally only attacks hardwoods. The name, 'Death Watch Beetle', is derived from the fact that this insect is particularly partial to old oak beams of the type that are often seen in churches!

House Longhorn Beetle
Hylotrupes bajulus

This species of woodworm beetle originated on the continent, but is now becoming increasingly common in parts of Southern England. The beetle is relatively large and has a life cycle that can span eight years. It can grow to almost an inch in length, which gives it the potential for causing rather considerable structural damage to a building.

Wood Boring Weevil
Euophryum confine

This beetle will attack only after a timber has been pre-digested by a wood rotting fungi.

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