Woodworm life cycle explained
For the purpose of this explanation we have made the assumption that the beetle that lands on the timber is a pregnant female.
1. Woodworm begins breeding
After mating, the woodworm beetle lays approx. 30 to 60 eggs, injecting them into the open pores of the timber, often open grain sawed ends. Eggs are never laid onto sealed or varnished surfaces. It is common for the beetle to lay the eggs down the old “Flight holes” , and tunnels, often well below the surface. The Eggs are laid singly or in rows of two, three or four.The Egg has a life of 14 to 28 days after laying.
2. Woodworm Larvae hatch
After a few weeks the eggs hatch downwards into the timber and produce larvae – this is the worm stage of the infestation. Symbiotic yeast’s enable the larvae to convert cellulose to protein in their gut, and this process is assisted by a secretion of enzyme which breaks down material to simpler sugars. Factors which contribute to the rate of Larval development are: Temperature, Humidity & nutritional value of the timber.
3. Woodworm larvae start to eat