Wood infesting insects

Wood infesting insects

Powderpost Beetles, like Drywood Termites can be very destructive wood infesting insects. Their larvae feed voraciously on the wood until furniture, cabinets, baseboards, etc. is turned to fine powder thereby losing its mechanical integrity or usability.

Common wood infesting species in the Philippines

Powderpost Beetles

Lyctid (true) Powderpost beetles: Lyctus brunneus

Appearance: Brown, elongated and slightly flattened bodies with a prominent head that is not covered by its pronotum. It's life cycle is between 6 months to as long as four years.

Size: 6.5 mm in length

Infestations of the Lyctid Powderpost Beetles is usually experienced in newly built homes since they tend to attack wood that is younger than five years. The adults cut and bore to infest furniture and wood installations such as panellings, moulding, baseboards, flooring, window frames, door jambs, etc.
Drywood Termites

Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light and Cryptotermes dudleyi Banks

Appearance: Compared to subterranean termites, the heads of the Drywood Termites are rather rough, short, dark to black, almost looking like the face of a bulldog.

Size: Its soldiers have a body size in length of 3.5 to 5.0 mm

These are the common Drywood Termites found in the Philippines, and are locally called as "unos." They live and infest in dry, seasoned wood and does not require to get moisture from the soil as with the Subterranean termites. The quality of lumber is important in keeping them out of our homes. Once inside they can also infest other wood installations after consuming the original wood or lumber. The fecal pellets or frass that they expel from their galleries is slightly larger than those of the Powderpost Beetles or "bukbok." While their colonies are comparably smaller than the subterranean termites, they can produce multiple colonies that can literally reduce wood installations to pulpy carton with their prolonged infestation.

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Why professional wood protection is important

Difficult to control
Powderpost beetles are difficult to control as a DIY treatment since its life cycle, particularly its most destrucitve larval stage is concealed.
Expansive damage
Infestation can easily transfer to other wood installations as the adult beetle will cut and bore into other wood installations causing persisting and expansive damage.

PIXA has the answer

PIXA's Wood-PRO service will preserve and safeguard wood and furniture not only from various wood-infesting insects but also from rotting or mould fungi that usually ruin the beauty and integrity of wood installations indoors as well those in outdoor deckings, and other outdoor locations.


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