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Wood Borer (Anobium Punctatum) which are known as common furniture beetles and they are viewed seriously considering their ability to play havoc with the wooden articles, notably the sap wood variety, structural timbers, joinery, furnitures etc and even volumes of books. This is the most dangerous wood eating insect prevailing in the building of our country.

The adult is a flying insect, dark brown in colour. The female lays eggs in the crevices and rough surfaces of timber, the larva of which enters into the wood boring through the bottom of the egg and lives there for 3 to 5 years creating a network of intricate internal funnels throughout the timber in which the gritty boredust , faecal pallets and wood fragments remain. Bore dust around the exit holes is evidence of an active infestation. Infestation occurs by migration of adults to settle down in new areas and also through introduction of infested wood.

Control measures

Preventive : Application of two coats of suitable oil based insecticide on all the side of wooden items before cutting and polishing.

Curative : Injecting a suitable insecticidal formulation at the prescribed concentration into the shot holes created by the pest on the infested wooden articles, followed by a thorough spray to the entire articles.

Frequency : Chemical spraying treatment. 3 Services will be given in the interval of 30 days for 3 months.

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