Common furniture beetle is the infamous ‘woodworm’ which does so much damage, tunnelling through furniture and household timbers. Sapwood (softwood) is normally only affected, unless types of wood rot are present, in which case it may be also be found in hardwood.

In the past, if infested furniture or wicker was introduced into houses the infestation would spread to the furniture and other timber already in the house. Older plywood i.e.  beech, birch or oak are also susceptible.  It has been estimated that 85% of houses over fifteen years old have some furniture beetle attack in their timbers.

Other wood – boring insects include:

Death watch beetle
Lyctus (powder post) beetle
Weevil beetles