When you chop firewood for commercial or personal use, you might have found some little worms crawling around in the wood. They are really wood grub. There are a lot of various insects that hide inside of trees and lay eggs. Once the larvae emerge, they grow in the wood until they become completely grown insects.
The Pacific flatheaded borer is a well-known species of wood boring insects. This is a beetle that has been a big pest in the U.S. and Canada. Wood grubs seek out stressed or weakened trees, burrowing into them. If the tree is little enough, it may only take one borer to destroy the entire tree.
Golden Buprestid Beetle
Another well-known wood boring beetle is the golden buprestid beetle. These pests are a problem for homeowners and tree owners. They like to burrow into dying or dead wood and might continue to live inside of wood that has been cut down to construct homes.
Like other types of wood boring pests, they put their eggs in weakened wood. The larvae feed until they grow into full grown beetles. This specific type remains in its larval stage for years. You may see larvae inside firewood cut from lumber that was chopped years ago.
The destruction the golden buprestid beetle creates look like the destruction done by carpenter ants. They leave tiny fecal pellets behind them, creating little tunnels with circular bases.
California Root Borer
The California root borer is very well-known on the U.S. west coast. This beetle burrows into the roots of trees and puts its eggs there. The larvae tend to burrow upward in the roots. Ultimately, they will pupate close to the soil surface and grows into a reddish-brown beetle.
These are just a couple of examples of wood boring insects that may leave pests in the lumber you own as firewood. While they are able of being big pests, odds are they are not responsible for any permanent damage to your tree. However, you must be sure your tree is healthy. An arborist with Rochester Tree Service can do an examination that lets you know if your tree is in good physical shape.
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