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The Worm has turned.

August and September are the normal times when adult beetles will exit from timber, commonly refered to as Woodworm, though this title does cover a multitude of hungry wood munching beetles they have spent thier life since being deposited as eggs chewing through your loft and floor timbers.

The Larvae is the culprit that causes the damage as the eggs are laid in cracks and joints and the holes that are seen indicate the adult beetle leaving the timber. Many aged timbers will allready have holes visible in them and so it can often be difficult to diagnose if activity is present or historical. One useful tip is to put some strips of masking tape on areas that you suspect are subject to a wood boring beetle then tell tale holes in the tape will confirm thier presence. Dust below the holes will also show that activity is ongoing or you may actually see beetles and larvae (keep these as it helps to identify the type and subsequent treatment).

If you do have some evidence then the holes are most likely to be 1-2mm in diameter which would normally suggest Common furniture beetle. This is easily treated with a chemical wood spray which will also prevent Wet & Dry rot and keep further infestation at bay.

If you have any visible degradation in roof or flooring timbers then give us a call today to arrange a Free of charge survey.