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Furniture Beetle Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from furniture beetles by learning techniques for identification and control.

Furniture Beetle Illustration
Anobuim punctatum
1/4 inch
Oval-shaped body
Reddish brown or darker


How do I get rid of furniture beetles?

What Orkin Does

Resolving wood damaging insect problems is challenging and involves many factors for success. First, correct identification is required. Identification rarely is simple and will depend on recognizing the appearance of the insect, plus knowing the age, species, and moisture content of the infested wood. Therefore, it is always wise to seek the advice and recommendations of an experienced pest management professional rather than employ self-help or DIY measures.

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage furniture beetles and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique beetle treatment program for your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Furniture Beetles


  • Size: Adult beetles are about 1/4 inch long.

  • Body & Head: Adult bodies are oval and shape while their heads are not visible when viewed from above. The larval stage of this beetle looks like a small grub.

  • Color: Adults are reddish-brown or darker in color.

Life Cycle

In many parts of the U.S. and international locations, the common furniture beetle is called the woodworm. These beetles go through complete metamorphosis, meaning this insect has an egg, larval (worm-like) pupal, and adult stage. Its life cycle is completed in about one to three years, depending on environmental conditions.


Adults do not consume wood, while in fact, it is the larval stage that does the damage to wood when eating.


Furniture beetles infest both seasoned hardwoods and softwoods that are generally 10 years or older.

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