CONSULTING SERVICES
INSECT DAMAGE TO WOOD PRODUCTS

 

DAVID L. WOOD, Ph.D.

• Taught an upper division course with a wood products pathologist on the "bio-deterioration of wood" in alternating years for 28 years at UC Berkeley.

• Conducted a short course (twice a year for 10 years) on recognition of wood-infesting insects and their damage and how to distinguish them from insects feeding on stored food products. This weekend course was designed for pest control operators who were preparing for the CA licensing exam.

• Lectured on wood-destroying organisms in many forums such as UC Cooperative Extension, Target Seminars, and Pest Control Operators local and regional meetings throughout Northern California.

• Member of the Research Committee of the California Structural Pest Control Board for five years. Testified for the California Structural Pest Control Board in two cases where practices by the pest control operators were in question.

• Peer-reviewed research conducted on subterranean termites, carpenter ants and Argentine ants.

• Retained as an expert to evaluate infestations of true powderpost beetles (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae: Lyctinae), wood wasps (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), round-headed borers (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in recently remodeled and new housing tracts. In the cases with the wood wasps and the round-headed borers, the lumber had been cut from trees killed in wild fires.

• Retained as an expert in numerous cases of houses (including flooring, cabinetry and furniture) infested with termites (dampwood, drywood and subterranean), carpenter ants, woodwasps, true powderpost beetles, false powderpost beetles (Bostrichidae) and deathwatch beetles
(Anobiidae).

• Retained as an expert in 13 cases involving powderpost beetles since June, 1998. He has testified at trial in two cases and at mediation hearings in two cases.

DAVID L. WOOD