The hardness of a wood is rated on an industry wide standard known as the Janka test.  The Janka measures the force required to embed a .444 inch steel ball into the wood by half its diameter.  This test is one of the best measures of the ability of a wood specie to withstand denting and wear. It is also a good indicator of how hard a specie is to saw, mill and nail.

There are many things to consider when choosing your wood, including the hardness, natural color of the wood, the grain and the stability.

Did you know wood expands and extracts depending on the humidity level in your home? Ask’s Rob or a Vaughn’s crew member what your humidity should be for your type of floor.

Anobiid Powderpost Beetles

Description: There are more than 200 kinds of anobiid beetles, of which very few infest wood.  Most anobiid beetles are found in homes. The few that do infest wood are also called powderpost beetles or deathwatch beetles.

The wood-infesting anobiids range from 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length. Their color ranges from reddish brown to nearly black. The body segment just behind the head is hoodlike and completely covers the head when the insect is viewed from above.

Habits:

Female anobiid beetles usually lay fewer than fifty eggs under wood splinters, in cracks, or in old exit holes. Like lyctid beetles, the small anobiid larvae bore into the wood, where they eat and develop.

Anobiids can infest both hardwoods and softwoods. Only the larvae feed on wood. They generally prefer wood in cool locations with moisture levels above 14 percent. Anobiids are the most common beetles infesting crawl spaces. When the larvae change into adults, they chew round exit holes between 1/16 to 1/8 inch in diameter. The male and female emerge together and mate, and the female deposits her eggs.  Though the females fly well and can lay eggs at new locations, they are most likely to lay their eggs on the board from which they emerged. Most anobiid beetles take 2 to 3 years to complete their development.