OK so during the last week, I’ve been hearing a vrillette/deathwatch beetle going tap-tap-tap in my bedroom. I’ve had vrillettes before and I have the Xylophène in the shed.
However last night I thought I’d try to identify exactly where it was. So I spent about an hour when I should have been asleep prowling round the room with my ears pinned back, homing in on the source of the tapping. And eventually, although I was reluctant to believe my ears, it seemed quite clear that the sound was coming from inside a metal standard-lampey thingy - it’s one of those mother-and-child lamps (so I can read in bed) and the tapping seems to be inside the light bowl at the top.
The lamp is under a beam and clearly some wood dust has fallen onto it.
Could it be possible that the beetle has fallen out of the beam into the lamp and taken up residence there? Has anyone else ever known a vrillette to live in a lamp?
I guess the thing to do is to treat the beam and ignore the vrillette, he won’t be doing any damage where he is?