What does an active Deathwatch beetle sound like?

This is a common question I get asked about.

Here is the sound a Deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum) makes when trying to attract a mate. Prefers European hardwoods like oak, that has been modified by timber decay. The emergence holes are circular and around 3mm in diameter.The bore dust is of a cream colour, with bun shaped pellets, and feel gritty when rubbed between fingers. The life cycle can vary from around 4-5 years up to a maximum of 10 years. The eggs are normally of around 40-60 and in small groups. Deathwatch beetle can cause serious structural issues to timbers, and this is most likely to occur to damp bearing ends. Make sure you inspect for areas for damp and get these fixed ASAP, as this will help to control the infestation by removing the source of moisture. If you need help or advice regarding a deathwatch beetle infestation give us a shout.deathwatch beetle sound


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