Wood Destroying Insects Potentially Important to a Violin Maker. Ben Stinner, Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC) Wooster, OH. [From materials developed by D. J. Shetlar, OSU Extension, October ‘02].
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Wood Destroying Insects Potentially Important to a Violin Maker
Ben Stinner, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University,
Ohio Agricultural Research &
Development Center (OARDC)
[From materials developed by D. J. Shetlar, OSU Extension, October ‘02]
Common Wood Destroying Insects
Major destroyers of wood and wood product materials. Normally associated with buildings, but can also infest wood that has been stored for some time. There are three basic kinds of termites:
[social insects, winged reproductives with both wings same size and membranous; straight or curved antennae consists of beadlike segments; abdomen broadly joined to thorax; no cerci; chewing mouthparts]
Termites are sometimes called “white ants” because they are ant-like in form. Termites differ in antenna form and having a broad waist.
Ant or Termite?
Subterranean termite colonies live in the soil from which they construct exploratory tubes in search of wood.
Termite Swarming is usually the first evidence of an infestation noticed by most people.
Subterranean (left), Drywood (right)
Drywood Termite Fecal Pellets
Carpenter Ants build nests in wood, they don’t eat it!
Carpenter Ant Damage
Powder Post BeetlesThree Families
Lyctids Bostrichids Anobiids
The main sign of powderpost beetles is powdery sawdust.
Powderpost beetles turn wood to dust!
Wood-boring Beetle Management