Woodboring Weevils are actually are range of woodboring beetle species. The most common of these are Pentarthrum huttoni and Euophryum confine. The adult beetles are 2.5-5mm in length and tend to be reddish-brown or black in colour.
Woodworm caused by Woodboring Weevils is unusual in that the adult beetles and the larvae will both actively be eating through the wood. If you see adult beetles (picture right) around your home then it is best that you contact a qualified surveyor or exterminator to determine the cause of your problem.
What is even worse about a infestation of woodworm caused by the Woodboring Weevils is that it they only ever eat wood that has been affected by a fungal infection. It is very rare for Woodboring Weevils to infect wood that is in good condition, even in these cases it will be because of them spreading outwards from a wood that has been affected by fungal decay.
Fungal decay is the result of wood that has been kept in damp, poorly ventilated conditions and has not been looked after properly. In order to avoid an infestation from the Woodboring Weevils make sure to look after all of your wood properly! A great way to do this is by using the Woodworm Treatment Varnish from our products page.
Identification of the Woodboring Weevils
Type of Wood: The Woodboring Weevils can attack any type of wood whether it be hardwood or softwood. However, they will never attack wood that is in good condition, they can only be found on decayed wood. Typically wood that has been attacked by wet rot fungus.
Frass: The frass produced by Woodboring Weevils is coarse and found in and around the boreholes.
Boreholes: The boreholes produced by the Woodboring Weevils are very irregular and often jagged. The tunnels that are dug by Woodboring Weevils run along the grain, therefore an easy way to identify an infestation caused by this species is to notice that wood will often have tunnels that regularly break the surface.
If you believe that you have an infestation caused by Woodboring Weevils then you may wish to use one of the products from our Woodworm Treatments page. However, in the case of this species of woodworm it is also important that you address the wet rot fungus that causes it.
If you believe that you have not yet identified the species of woodboring beetle that is causing your woodworm problem then you may wish to return our Identification page to do so.