Natural enemies of timber pests

It might be thought that animals living the greater part of their lives in timber would be well protected against enemies but this is not always the case. Wood-boring beetle larvae fall prey to many species of parasite and predator, and when an attack by such beetles is thought to have died out on its own, this is very often the work of these natural enemies.

The occurrence of such animals should, in fact, provide a warning that there are timber pests in the house.