Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi

Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi
Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi

Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi

Date Published

1 November 2023

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Edinburgh Napier University
Timber Damage by Insects and Fungi

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Summary

Different wood-decaying organisms feed on wood and can deface or degrade timber. When damage is found, identifying which insects or fungi are responsible both informs the repairs required and the approaches for future prevention.

Living organisms such insects and fungi can actively damage timber by using it as a food source or habitat. Timber in outdoor environments in the UK is always at risk from fungal attack, while indoor timber can usually only be degraded by fungi if the humidity is unexpectedly high. Insects can attack both outdoor and indoor timber products.

This Timber Knowledge Sheet provides an essential introduction.

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