Definition of furniture beetle in English:

furniture beetle

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  • A small brown beetle, the larva of which (the woodworm) bores holes in dead wood and causes considerable damage to old furniture and building timbers.
    • Anobium punctatum, family Anobiidae
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    • The only one in the UK, the house longhorn, makes oval exit holes 3mm to 6mm wide, compared to 1.5mm for the familiar furniture beetle.
    • The life cycle is similar to that of the common furniture beetle but can take many years to complete.
    • Damage by the furniture beetle is identifiable by a peppering of tiny holes in the surface of the wood.

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