The picture to the left shows an infested plywood timber packing case found in a under stairs cupboard of a Victorian terraced house. The beetle had migratedÂ from the packing case to the surrounding timber floor boards and joists.
You can clearly see the dust from the exit flight holes in the ply sheet to the bottom of the picture, this indicates that the Wood Worm is active. Old flight holes are often found in properties from extinct infestations and correct diagnosis is recommended before any remedial work is undertaken.
Removal of the packing case and localised insecticide treatment resolves the infestation. Application of an insecticide to any other affected areas controls and then eradicates the infestation.
The life cycle of the Common furniture beetle is between 3-5 years dependant on site conditions