If you have ever suffered from woodworm, you will know exactly how much of a nuisance it is. Rather than being an actual worm, woodworm is a larvae beetle that eats wood, both indoors and outdoors. The signs of this can be hard to identify if you don’t know what you are looking for but, hopefully, this information will help you out.
Typically, the most obvious sign of woodworm is small holes in wood. These holes are actually exiting holes, indicating that the wood has been infested. Unfortunately, by the time we recognise these holes, the infestation will probably have already resulted in considerable damage. You may see some sawdust or even dead beetles near your wood if you have a close look.
The more often you check your wood, the better the chance you will have of identifying the issue as early as possible and preventing it from creating further damage. Woodworm season is classed as May to October, so this is when you should start doing regular inspections to enable you to take immediate action at the very first sight of trouble.
For some wood, you might have identified the infestation too late, as the wood will be falling apart, but some instances can easily be treated. At Garratt’s Damp, we offer a simple and effective treatment for woodworm, varied specifically to the type of infestation your wood is suffering from.
The objective is to kill off the infestation in its entirety to prevent them from laying eggs and causing further holes throughout your wood. There are different types of woodworm and the Longhorn Beetle larva is deemed to be the one that causes the most damage. Whilst it can be fairly easy to treat with products you can purchase at DIY stores, you may want to speak to a specialist if your DIY efforts don’t seem to be working.
Woodworm can appear in any type of timber, including joists within your home and skirting boards. If it gets into your property structure, it can be a big problem as it will significantly weaken any wood.
If you treat some of the infested timber, then make sure that you keep your eye on it to see if any new sawdust appears, as it will be difficult to tell whether additional holes have appeared if there were already many of them.
For more information on how Garratt’s Damp can assist with your woodworm problem or any other type of damp issue in your home or commercial property, please get in contact with a member of our team today.