This is a generic term to cover several species of wood boring beetle.
Not all evidence of wood boring beetle will require remedial timber treatment.
Those species that do require treatment are principally, but not limited to, Common furniture beetle and Deathwatch beetle.
Deathwatch beetle is one of the major enemies of historic buildings, and its favourite food is oak! If in doubt, check it out!
Timber Fungal Attack
There are a wide variety of fungal species which cause Wet Rot Decay, some of which may cause a darkening of the timber (Brown Rot) or a bleaching effect (White Rot).
Unlike Dry Rot, Wet Rot does not have the ability to spread to such an extent, it does not produce well developed strands and does not penetrate masonry in the same way.
It may not require treatment, however the damage may need remedial repair.
Dry Rot requires a high moisture content within the timber in order to germinate. It often affects timbers located next to damp walls and likes humid, unventilated spaces in buildings.
Once established it is very persistent and, will travel long distances, often behind wall plaster searching for its food source.
It is the ‘Cancer’ of buildings and can spread quickly, and it needs professional treatment at the earliest opportunity. Remember, prevention is better than cure!