House Longhorn beetle – A pest on the increase?

23 April 2014

As woodworm season approaches there have been warnings from national trade body, the Property Care Association (PCA) to be on the lookout for a particular wood-boring beetle, the House Longhorn beetle. This beetle can cause devastating damage to timbers within a property.

The House Longhorn (Hylotrupes bajulus) is usually found outside the south of England. This insect infects the sapwood of most softwoods, in particular roofing timbers. The larvae of the House Longhorn beetle usually mature in the spring months, like most woodworm beetles. The mature House Longhorn beetles eat their way out of the timber, in the process creating a hole between 6-10 mm in diameter. The holes left by the House Longhorn are significantly larger than those left by the most common form of woodworm, Common Furniture Beetle.

Damaged caused by the House Longhorn beetle

The head and body are covered with greyish coloured hairs and two shiny black spots that resemble eyes, as shown in the image below.

House Longhorn beetle

Due to the recent change in the weather patterns, the PCA fear this may cause the perfect fertile environment for the House Longhorn beetle and are therefore tracking the appearance of these beetles. To determine if you have a House Longhorn beetle infestation, it advised that the affected property is inspected by a qualified surveyor, to determine the species of the beetle found and if it is confirmed to be the House Longhorn, the surveyor will then report it to the PCA.

Timberwise are experts in treating woodworm of all kinds. With over 4 decades experience in treating woodworm you can be sure that Timberwise can treat your House Longhorn beetle problem quickly and effectively. To arrange a woodworm survey couldn’t be easier simply call 0800 288 8660 or complete our on-line Woodworm Survey Request form.