Woodworm love to attack wood. Depending on the type of woodworm, they can attack wood within the structure of a building and even the wood within your home furnishings. If you are faced with the problem of woodworm, read on to find out how to identify the problem and what you can do to treat woodworm. Alternatively, click to request a woodworm survey and have one of our woodworm experts look at the problem.
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What is Woodworm
Woodworm is the commonly used term for a number of wood boring insects that lay eggs in timber and whose larvae bore through the wood leaving a network of small tunnels, damaging and weakening the structure. In the UK there are 4 common types of woodworm:
- Common Furniture Beetle
- House Longhorn
- Death Watch Beetle
- Woodboring Weevil
All invade and consume wood, and then leave when they have reached maturity.
How much damage can woodworm cause
The amount of damage caused by woodworm depends on the species of the woodworm lavae and the type of wood it is affecting. However, woodworm can cause significant damage to the structure of a property and depending on the level of woodworm infestation; it can result in a property becoming structurally unsound.
How to spot a woodworm problem
There are numerous tell tale signs to help you identify if you have a woodworm problem. These include:
- Small round holes in your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board
- Fine, powdery dust around holes in wood (this is known as frass)
- Crumbly edges to boards and joists
- Adult beetles emerging from the holes or present around the house
- Weak and damaged flooring - in extreme cases a foot or chair leg going through the floor
- Even if you can't see any holes, you might also find frass escaping from the back or underside of old furniture. Again this suggests active woodworm
It may not be the case that the above indications of woodworm is seen with every woodworm infestation however, if you are unsure, its always best to have the problem checked out by a woodworm professional. Contact White Preservation on 08000 147 170 to gain an insight and some free and helpful advice.
Treating a woodworm problem
Our fully trained and experienced preservation surveyors will correctly determine whether you have a woodworm problem and whether treatment is necessary. The wrong identification of an insect can often lead to costly and unnecessary solutions.
The White Preservation woodworm treatment techniques are clean and simple. We start by:
- Identifying the woodworm species and whether the woodworm infestation is still active
- Test the structure of timber to determine whether the timber needs replacing or not
- Determine what woodworm treatment is best for your property
Contact us about your woodworm problem
If you suspect woodworm in your property, call White Preservation today on 08000 147 170 or click to request survey and we will arrange for one of our woodworm experts to call or visit you at a time convenient for yourself. With our 20 year repair guarantee, you can have piece of mind that your woodworm problems will soon be over.
Find out more about woodworm
- What is woodworm?: Find more about woodworm. Check the Wise Property Care guide on woodworm beetles.
- How to identify woodworm: Helpful information to help you identify woodworm issues
- Woodworm lifecycle: From larvae to beetle, find out more about the woodworm lifecycle
- Woodworm information pack: Download the Wise Property Care woodworm control pack for more help and advice