Problem

Insect pests of wood

Nature:
Various insects can cause extensive damage to wood products.
Incidence:
The particular enemies of structural timbers and furniture are anobiid and lyctid beetles, notably the furniture beetle, the deathwatch beetle and the powder-post beetles. The majority of termites are earth-dwelling species that attack any wood in contact with the ground; but the dry-wood termites, which are independent of the ground, include several destructive and widely transported species. In many parts of the world, the old house borer, wood wasps and wood-boring caterpillars seriously infest timber and wooden structures.
Aggravates:
Structural failure
Values:
Pestiferousness
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET