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Old 4th Jun 2018, 9:38 pm   #1
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Default Is this woodworm?

This tiny insect was crawling around on top of an annunciator panel - sure it must be woodworm but wanted to seek a second opinion.

I'll probably be microwaving the panel!

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Old 4th Jun 2018, 9:50 pm   #2
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Looks about the right colour, but too bulbous for a woodworm beetle unless the video was shot from an angle of about 45 degrees -

is a fair representation. I've seen quite a few of them over the years, beginning when aged 10 I bought a table model gramophone that was riddled with holes, and, since I'd treated it with the noxious fluid then available at just the right time, a few dozen beetles emerged to die on the surface. It never had woodworm again, but still stank of the fluid five years later.

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Good evening,
The picture is too small to see properly. Was the insect like a small brown beetle that was quite hard if you squashed it?

Have a look and see if there are any clean looking holes approx. 1mm diameter in the woodwork with powdery sawdust around or in the hole. This would be a concern and I would put any affected materials in a sealed bin liner with woodworm and leave somewhere safe for a few weeks to see if there is any change.

Take a look at the link below which might help identify the creature.

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Old 4th Jun 2018, 10:51 pm   #4
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I would be wary of distortion if considering nuking it.
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Old 5th Jun 2018, 1:03 am   #5
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Can you put the wooden panel in the freezer? Some people use that method.
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If this is the Annunciator I think it is, it spent a couple of months in a freezer before Boombox acquired it. Seems like this was a hardy beast to have survived that.

I too found the image too small to see anything more than a round brown blob - and I couldn't open the "This tiny insect" link, as my computer isn't good with video clips (which I assume it is).
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