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Do Woodworm Attract Other Insects?

30 April 2024

Woodworm is one of the most common and potentially damaging household pests found in the UK, and discovering them in your property can lead to all kinds of questions running through your head.

One of these questions might be whether or not the presence of woodworm might attract other insects and pests into your property, and what impact they might have on your properties health.

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Will Woodworm Attract Different Beetles?

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Woodworm is not the name of a specific insect. Instead, it’s a catch all term applied to the various types of beetles that are classified as woodworm.

The reason we make this point is because one day you might notice one ‘woodworm’ beetle emerging from your timber, whilst another day, in separate timber, you might notice a different type of beetle that you may not know is actually just another form of woodworm.

Basically, if you do have woodworm in your property, you could have a few different varieties on your hands. A Powderpost beetle looks different to a Deathwatch beetle, which also looks different to a Common Furniture beetle, but all of these different beetles are in fact, woodworm.

So, don’t be confused and think that one specific type of woodworm beetle is attracting others, it may well just be that your timber is particularly attractive to different varieties of woodworm for different reasons.

That isn’t to say that woodworm won’t attract non-woodworm beetles though.

The main predator of Common Furniture beetle, for example, is a Steely Blue beetle. These beetles live within the tunnelled timber that the woodworm larvae create, and feed on the woodworm larvae themselves within the timber, before laying their eggs just inside or extremely close to the woodworm exit holes.

So, whilst the Steely Blue beetle might live within and exit via the same mean that woodworm do, they are not in fact woodworm themselves.

It can be difficult for somebody not properly qualified in the identification of woodworm to understand what beetles are present in your timber, so for help you can always call our experts to understand what is present in your timber.

Just call 0800 288 8660, or request a survey online.

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What Insects Eat Woodworm Beetles?

Of course, the Steely Blue beetle is not the only insect that prays on woodworm.

There is also the ‘Cuckoo Wasp’, also known as the ‘Ruby-tailed wasp’ (Sclerodermus Domesticus). Colloquially called the antiquitarians friend because this tiny wasp feeds on the woodworm larvae before they grow into adult woodworms.

What’s worse is that the Ruby-tailed wasp also has a stinger, which can be an irritant to both humans and pets alike if they bother the wasps.

Obviously then, the longer a woodworm infestation is allowed to continue, the more woodworm are going to spawn and spread throughout the timber. The natural knock on effect will be that more and more predators will be drawn towards the woodworm, so you will see even more insects, namely the Steely Blue beetle and the Ruby-tailed wasp.

However, how will this impact your property?

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Will Woodworm Attract Other Insects?

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The question here is not what other insects might be drawn to your property should woodworm be present, but what other wildlife.

If, as previously mentioned, there are already two predators of woodworm drawn to infested timber, then what other insects inhabit the predators life cycle, and so on.

Whilst there is no definitive answer as to just how many insects might be drawn into your home should it become a wider biosphere thanks to the presence of woodworm, predators, and the predator of the predator, it’s safe to assume that this is an eventuality that you would want to avoid at all costs.

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What Should I Do If Woodworm Attract Other Insects in my Property?

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Realistically, finding any type of insect in your home is not something that anybody wants to discover, and learning you have woodworm present only means that not only do you have insects in your home, but that those insects are actively damaging your timber.

So, if you are concerned about woodworm acting as a magnet for their predators and other woodworm to show up in your property, we recommend quick and effective treatment from our team.

It all starts with a survey, where our surveyors can establish the extent to which the woodworm have spread, and learn exactly what kind of woodworm are present in the property.

Once the surveyors report has been written, our technicians can get to work on treating the woodworm in your property. You can learn more about our exact process here, but no matter the extent of the damage our team will be able to either repair or replace your timber so that it functions and looks just as good as new.

For more information and to book a survey for your property, you can call 0800 288 8660, or fill in one of our online forms.