How to treat Deathwatch beetle

These pests are the largest and most vigorous of the UK’s wood-boring insects. They are usually found in hardwoods such as certain types of oak. They are hard to eradicate due to their long life cycles – they can take 7 years to go from larvae to adult beetle, depending on the type of timber, moisture and temperatures they are living in.

The principles in dealing with all types of wood boring insects is to disrupt one of their life cycle stages.

We recommend a thorough free site survey by one of our skilled surveyors to establish the pest and the level of the problem before recommending the correct application.

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Learn about Deathwatch Beetle

  • A slightly furry, bee-like beetle, with both dark and light brown colouring.
  • This small insect is capable of inflicting severe timber damage.
  • They need moisture and humidity within timbers and structures to survive and depending on what levels these are at will depend on levels of activity.
  • They do not like modern softwood house timbers.
  • When an adult they produce a rapid tapping found by beating their heads against the wood as a mating call.

At Abate we highly recommend a thorough free site survey by one of our skilled surveyors to first establish the pest and the level of the problem before recommending and proceeding with the correct application methods.

  • To deal with small outbreaks, use of a proprietary woodworm killer will deal with this.
  • If found in structural timber, then a qualified pest control technician will have to deal with this as they have the technical knowledge and access to a range of professional use products and equipment which are not available to the public.
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