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European Furniture Beetle

This beetle is responsible for instances of flooring collapse. Pine timbers are favoured and while sapwood is preferred, the heartwood is also attacked. Hardwoods are rarely attacked. Attack by this beetle is usually observed in timbers that have been in service for over 20 years and mostly involves flooring and timber wall panelling. Its attack is seldom seen in roofing timbers because it is heat and low humidity sensitive.

The female lays her eggs in cracks, abraded areas and old flight holes. The larvae tunnel mainly in sapwood, moving close to the surface to pupate. The beetles emerge through round holes similar to those of the pinhole and powderpost beetles. The life cycle usually takes 1 to 3 years with the larval stage variable depending upon climate and food.

Furniture beetle larvae are distinguishable by the absence of enlarged spiracles on the second last segment of the abdomen. The dust from the flight holes is fine and gritty and much coarser than that of the powderpost beetle. Wood attacked is often honeycombed with much of its structure destroyed, sometimes resulting in collapse with weight placed upon it.

Replacement using a resistant timber, composition board or pre-treated wood is mostly the best approach to infestations.

  • Is a pest of pine timbers, but some hardwoods are also susceptible
  • Most infestations occur in joinery timbers, flooring and furniture
  • Unlike the powderpost beetle, timbers are attacked after they have been in service for several years up to 20 yrs. in some cases
  • Infestations generally occur in coastal areas due to high humidities and more even temperatures
  • Infestations generally do not occur in dry inland areas

European Furniture Beetle

Anobium punctatum – head concealed beneath a cowl-shaped prothorax; 3 seg. antennae

Furniture Beetle:


Exit hole

Dust (frass)

Timbers affected


Furniture Beetle

Anobium punctatum






3mm long, reddish brown

1-2mm round holes, Timber honey- combed by tunnels

shallow holes

Gritty, like fine sand

Mainly pines.  Softwoods mainly- often old seasoned wood eg. Old pine floors, stairs, furniture.  Very old hardwood in rare cases.  Cool, humid conditions preferred, roofs hardly infested.


ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

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