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Silent and avid wood eaters. Such are the larvae and adults of this species of beetles that inhabit Quebec. They are known as “house longhorned beetles”, and can become a serious problem if they are not eliminated promptly.
Although they do not pose a risk to your health (they do not bite, sting or transmit diseases), they can cause severe structural damage to your property. They are wood borers par excellence, so your floors, beams and softwood furniture are at great risk.
So, if you are already dealing with this annoying pest and want to eradicate it, then you are in the right place! Hire the most effective domestic pest control services at AKL Exterminateur! We are the most qualified pest exterminators in all of Quebec.
Our company is committed to eliminating any infestation of house longhorned beetles on your residential or commercial property! And so you can recognize your enemy, let’s learn a little about this wood destroying insect.
At AKL Exterminateur, our priority is to control any insects and rodents to restore well-being and tranquility to you and your loved ones!
HOUSEHOLD LONGHORNED BEETLE FACT SHEET, WHAT DOES THIS INVADER LOOK LIKE?
The house longhorned beetle is a type of wood boring beetle, Hylotrupes bajulus. It is commonly known by other names, such as the ” Old house borer” or ” European house borer”.
As larvae, they have a creamy-white cylindrical shape. Their heads are larger than their bodies, have powerful jaws for gnawing wood, and measure 2 to 3 cm. They may sometimes have short or “spiny” legs.
As adults, these beetles can measure between 0.8 to 2.5 cm. Their bodies are flat with a kind of fine gray fur covering them. They may sometimes have spots and are characterized by long antennae. They are dark brown in color and have wings, although they are almost flightless.
WHAT DO HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES FEED ON?
The house longhorn beetle is an insect that devours wood and organic matter. However, it is not the adults that are the problem, but the larvae. The larvae are xylophagous, i.e., wood eaters. Outdoors, this insect is curiously beneficial to its environment.
They are responsible for decomposing dead or damaged trees, returning nutrients to the soil. Generally, the larvae of these beetles prefer the sapwood (the most tender and nutritious part of the trees). They are also very selective, attacking especially unhealed or decayed wood of conifers (such as pines, firs, spruces, araucarias, etc.).
WHAT DAMAGE DO HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES CAUSE?
These beetles and their larvae, while not a health threat, can become a very damaging pest to your property and furniture. The larvae are capable of deteriorating the structure of the wood and compromising the wood’s strength.
Being a boring insect, it will burrow into the soft wood of your home, causing considerable damage. Its action can even lead to collapses, damaged structural supports and ruined furniture (in the case that they have been manufactured with softwoods vulnerable to its attacks).
WHY DO I HAVE AN INFESTATION OF HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES?
These insects can usually enter homes by mistake or mere chance through windows, open doors, cracks or crevices. They can be considered “accidental invaders” that simply came onto your property in search of wood or a place to nest and reproduce.
Since they are not omnivores or scavengers, they will only attack the wood of your furniture and the structure of your house. You do not have to worry that they will infest your food or transmit any disease to you. However, if this pest is not controlled, your property will be the one to receive all the damage.
Just imagine that the larvae, with their powerful jaws, can pierce through even thin lead plate. Now think of the damage they can do to the wood. Frightening! In their wake, the wood will simply be drilled and drilled until the larvae become adults.
This damage to the wood will, of course, result in material losses and money to be invested in repairs. A real nuisance, no doubt. But if your house is built with treated wood, then you are not in much danger.
LIFE AND REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE
The life span of these beetles varies greatly depending on the environmental conditions in which they grow. They usually survive from 2 to 10 years, depending on the type of wood they feed on, humidity and temperature. They can even adapt to temperature variations, but thrive between 25°C and 30°C.
The female is capable of laying an average of about 20 eggs, reaching up to 200! They reproduce rapidly. It takes between 7 and 20 days for the egg to hatch into a larva. This will then grow, bore into the wood and turn into a nymph and finally become an adult beetle.
The larvae usually pupate under the surface of the wood. From then on, they will dig tunnels in the wood with their powerful mandibles. When they finally develop an exoskeleton, the new adults emerge from the wood making 6 to 10 mm holes, leaving a layer of sawdust around them.
Because they are almost flightless, house longhorned beetles almost always remain in the same area. That is, they infest the same structure for years, generation after generation. This causes severe weakening of the wood and increases the risk of possible collapse.
In addition, being innate borers, they prefer wood with high nutrients to ensure better reproduction. The complication lies in the fact that the adults, as they reproduce in large numbers, will spawn new destructive larvae that will continue to deteriorate the wood.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE AN INFESTATION OF HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES?
Detecting these beetles can be very difficult. Sometimes they can go unnoticed for years, especially in uninhabited corners of your home (such as the attic or basement). And like carpenter ants, their nests are not recognizable to the naked eye.
If you find one of these adult insects or their xylophagous larvae, rest assured that they have been long-time guests on your property. So, in order for you to identify this harmful pest, let’s review some signs of their presence:
- The wood of your furniture or the infrastructure of your home has weakened internally over time.
- The emergence of oval holes in various wooden structures.
- Dust and fine wood shavings around the holes, indicating that adults have emerged.
- In calm, quiet environments, you will be able to hear the sound of larvae burrowing in the wood.
HOW TO GET RID OF AN INFESTATION OF HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES?
If you’ve found one or more of the signs of infestation listed above, then it’s time to act! To eradicate these wood-eating intruders, you can follow the tips below:
APPLY INSECTICIDE TO INFESTED WOOD
As a temporary solution, you can apply over-the-counter insecticides to the holes where the larvae burrow and feed. Make sure the insecticide you use is functional on wood surfaces. Once you get the product, check for potential infestation sites.
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Then, with great care, put the insecticide in the visible holes or in those areas with wood shavings. However, an important recommendation is that you do not burn the affected wood with insecticides applied, since you can generate harmful contamination for your health.
HIRE QUALIFIED EXTERMINATORS
The most effective way to eradicate house longhorned beetles from your property is to seek the help of pest control experts. So don’t hesitate to contact us! As AKL Exterminateur, we will design the most appropriate extermination plan for you.
Our technicians will carefully evaluate the infested wood areas, use the authorized chemicals and start the elimination of both larvae and adult beetles inside and outside your home. We are your best choice for pest control in all of Quebec!
HOW TO PREVENT THE APPEARANCE OF HOUSE LONGHORNED BEETLES?
- House longhorn beetles, along with their larvae, are very inconspicuous and silent. You don’t even notice their presence until the infestation has grown among the decayed wood! Because of these undesirable insects, material damage can cost you a lot of money.
- Therefore, to avoid all possible damage to the wood of your furniture or the infrastructure of your home, AKL Exterminateur offers you here some preventive tips that you can apply to your property. Let’s review what they are!
- Vacuum and seal bags and garbage cans tightly.
- Avoid dampness in attics, bedrooms, basements, attics and any unoccupied corners.
- Remove firewood from your property. Keep it as far away as possible and only bring it indoors in small amounts per day.
- Let firewood or lumber dry outside your home to eliminate moisture.
- Hire professional services to maintain the wood on your property. This should be done periodically, especially on floors, frames and wooden beams susceptible to attack by these xylophagous insects.
- Perform a constant inspection and cleaning with the right products to save you a lot of hassle.