I got caught in a shower with my dogs a while ago this morning. I took shelter in a small barn conversion for an English couple where the builder was working today. I asked the British builder working on the conversion about the state of the beams in the place. I asked because James has put this post up and it is in mind rather than normally ignoring it. He said it is capricorn, in fact I think the holes are far too small and many so that it is most likely to be DWB. Either way, he says that his mate will bring a big pot of xylophene in a while to paint on the old and newly installed wood once that is all done. Now, what disturbs me is that even though the man says he has been in France for quarter of a century or thereabouts, he clearly does not know the difference between the two. I am wondering how widespread that is?
The holes in the wood seem to be very old anyway, no apparent dust and grey in as far as I could see. It is just that there is a terribly large amount and I am wondering just how sound the wood is. I am not going to ask him anyway, I would expect a curt reply. The great capricorn beetle is protected under the EU Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and classed 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, so I think careful treatment rather than simply killing because it is there, if it is. DWB has no protection status. Hear them tapping on the wood and that is a mating call, so act immediately. Capricorns do not tap-tap. I think, and having looked on several sites since talking to the guy round the corner, it needs real expert guidance before doing anything. When James put this up I went around checking because we have had termite treatment before we were here, re-treatment as part of the term of sale when we bought and have some very badly damaged beams to be replaced. I wanted to see if there are holes rather than termite galleries in the damaged wood, nearby or on any other wood, which there are not, however it has made me think and at the same time wonder how often people are taken for mugs with treatment and not just expats. I have heard of eye watering sums of money being paid by local French acquaintances and simply wonder if some of the companies are not simply preying on ignorance and fear.