Arthropods are a range of Wood boring insects that destroy and cause damage to wooden structures. This group of insects features a range of species of insect at different stages of their life cycles from larvae to adults.
Wood boring insects in Spain are seen as pests due to the damage they create in both urban and rural areas. Within an urban environment wood boring insects can cause a huge amount of damage to residential properties. While in agricultural and rural settings, wood boring insects are responsible for damaging crops, particularly fruit and forest trees.
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Wood Boring Beetles
Beetles are the largest group of animals, having about 400,000 species in 500 families. They are extremely diverse with species adapted for almost any kind of environment and to feed on any food source, including many agricultural, horticultural and forestry plants and products. Many species are also beneficial predators of other insect pests.
Beetles have the basic insect anatomy of head, thorax and abdomen, but are characterized by a hard exoskeleton, hard fore wings and abdomen with numerous hard plates. They also have the typical insect lifecycle of egg, larva with several stages of growth (instars), pupa and adult.
Woodworm is a generic term used for a number of species of wood-boring beetle and refers to the larvae of the beetles, which feed on wood after hatching from the egg, creating tunnels in the process. They only emerge from the timber after pupating and developing into adults, creating the characteristic holes in the wood surface.
This characteristic also leads to the misconception that the holes can be treated with insecticide to kill the beetle, when in fact it is pointless as the hole signifies that the beetle has left!
The main beetles that cause damage to structural timber and wooden fittings, furniture and items in buildings are classified into three groups, commonly called: deathwatch (anobiidae family), powderpost and false powderpost beetles (bostrichidae family).