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bugs like my woodstain

I have to continually restain my garden furniture(almost every week) as there is some bug that overnight eats its way along the bench and table leaving bare wood.Any ideas what it may be and how to stop it.



  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Have you tried bringing it indoors to dry, e.g., in a garage?

  • S63S63 Posts: 2

    No. it's too big to do that and the wood is very dry at the moment.It doesn't seem to happen as much in the winter,but as soon as the weather heats up it starts again. It happens overnight,so  I'm thinking snails,slugs ,but cannot find any traces when I look first thing in the morning. It's a mystery I'm dying to get to the bottom of and stop having to restain every week.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    Wood wasp? They just lay their eggs though - they don't harvest wood the way ordinary wasps do.

    Can't think of anything that would be doing the amount of damage to need restaining every week though. Have you a pic of it so that we can see just how bad it is?

    Last edited: 07 August 2016 10:07:51

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    How about changing the woodstain to something less palatable

    or sitting up all night watching

    or fitting up and infra red camera and watch from the house,

    or not worry about it  and stop re-staining (that would be my idle woman's choice)

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994

    Sprinkle a few slug pellets on it and see if you get anything.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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