Timber is a common commodity that is used in various parts of the world to make beds, shoe racks, cabinets, seats, and much more. Due to the high value of timber, there should always be protective measures to protect it from any damage.

One of the things that cause havoc to timber is pests.

When pests infest your wood, the damage caused can lead to huge losses if they are not identified and eliminated early enough. That is why we will highlight the ways of checking your timber for pests and damages. 

Types of Wood Eating Pests

Before going into the signs of pets and damages, you need to understand what kind of pests infest wood so that when you are in the field, you know exactly what you are looking for.

  • Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are large indigenous ants that usually love cavities as you will find them in the spaces between double walls of a building or in hollow trees. They mostly cause damage by weakening or rotting wood. Carpenter ants do this by enlarging their nests and evacuating the surrounding material. The swelling nests usually produce a lot of moisture, and it is this moisture that rots the wood and eventually damages it.

  • Wood Borers

Wood borers consist of a large family of beetles whose larva and adult feed on wood. They usually burrow wood through their larva, and once it develops, they emerge through a conspicuous hole. 

  • Termites

When talking about wood-destroying pests, you cannot fail to mention termites as they are definitely at the top of the list of the most stubborn and destructive insects to timber.

Once the termites are in a favourable climate, where there are high temperatures, termites can do some severe damage to your wood. There are different types of termites, and one of them is the subterranean termites which feed on wood. They eat the inside part of the timber and leave an outer protective barrier against water loss. 

Checking Timber

  • Look For Holes

One of the most common signs that your timber is being fed on by pests is the presence of unexplained fresh holes all over your pieces of wood. Most of the time, the shape of the holes is circular or round. That is not always the case; you may also find oval-shaped holes with sharp edges.

  • Check For Eggs

Many of the wood damaging pests are insects, and this, therefore, means that they procreate by laying eggs. If you want to know that there are pests in your timber, look for their eggs as they tend to lay eggs once they have damaged wood and extracted what they want.

  • Unexplained Timber Dust

Timber dust is the “particles” that you see on the floor when you cut or make holes on the timber. You should always look at the floor area of where you have put your timber. If you find timber dust that you cannot explain where it came from, then there are pests feeding on your wood.

  • Check For Wood Borer Larva

When dealing with wood borers, you will notice larva in the holes they make. The reason is that wood borers use their larva to make the holes. The larva are usually curved in shape and creamy white. If you see any larva around or in your timber, know that there might be wood borers there.

  • Examine the wood for signs of Crumbling and Rotting

You must always be careful and place your wood in a cool area and take every measure to ensure that no rotting takes place. If you do all of this and still find weird crack and signs of rotting, then there might be pests and damage in your timber.


Wood eating pets are a menace to every timber owner across the globe; that is why if you are a timber owner or deal in timber, you should be conversant with the types of pests that feed/damage timber. This helps in knowing what exactly to look for in case you examine your pieces of wood. The three common wood damaging pests are termites, carpenter ants, and wood borers. 

So how do you check for pests and damage? 

One, you can start by looking around the timber if there are particles of timber dust that you cannot explain. You can also examine the wood for signs of crumbling and rotting. Eggs and holes can also be vital indicators of the presence of pests and damage. 

In any case, if you have damaged timber that needs disposal contact us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal, and we will sort you out.

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