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Woodworm

Normally applied to the destruction of building timbers by insects, Woodwormis the term used to indicate the presence of a wood boring beetle. Whilst treatment is not always necessary damage can be significant and costly, particularly in roof and flooring timber structures. There are many species of beetle that will damage building timbers though in the UK the most prolific are Common furniture, Deathwatch, House Longhorn, Powder post and Ptilinus and the correct identification of these is paramount to a successful treatment.  

The simplest method of identification is to examine the emergence (flight) holes and the bore dust (Frass) though it should be noted that historical evidence can be hard to separate from present activity and for this reason it’s important to understand the Life cycle of a wood boring beetle. An adult beetle which can for the most part fly will lay its eggs in cracks and splits or even in previous bore holes. When hatched the Larvae will bury into the timber and it is this process that causes the most significant damage. The Larvae will eventually turn into a Pupa with an adult finally boring its way out to leave an exit hole. 

The shape and size of the exit holes and examination of the dust will allow us to identify the beetle though at this point the Larvae may have been boring away for as long as five years. 

Effective treatment is essential and may be a combination of timber repair or replacement along with insecticidal treatments. We have access to all of the latest available chemical treatments for both eradication and prevention and with most there are minimal re-entry times as low as an hour so disruption is kept to a minimum.   

If you have any concerns or if a pre purchase building survey has highlighted issues, then call us today 0800 161 3078 or complete the contact form and we can provide advice or a free of charge survey.