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How to Spot Woodworm in Your Home

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A home can give you years of memories and is your very own safe haven in which to relax and unwind. However, this comes at a price and throughout the years, our homes can fall victim to various issues which will require plenty of care and attention to rectify.

Some will just be quick and simple fixes, but more serious issues such as woodworm often need to be addressed by professionals. But do you know what to look out for or how to spot if your home has woodworm? If not, we have put together a quick guide to help you learn what you need to look for and understand why it’s best to consult the experts.

Spotting Woodworm in Your Home

The most common damage to wood is caused by Anobium Punctatum, otherwise known as the Common Furniture Beetle. It is responsible for up to 75% of all timber damage and is commonly seen in many UK homes. It leaves a trail of 1-2mm holes in any wood that it attacks and often leaves frass (small piles of dust) as well. But this is not the only type of woodworm that you may encounter. Another is the Death Watch Beetle – given its ominous name, an insect you definitely don’t want in your home!

How Does this Occur?

Woodworm is caused when adult beetles start to lay their eggs in small cracks on the surface of the wood. When hatched, the larvae can then bore into the wood to search for cellulose in order to feed. After this, a chamber will be created inside the wood where a grown beetle will begin to tunnel through to escape. The adult will then seek a mate and the process will start all over again. The more this happens, the weaker the timber becomes, causing more long-term effects.

Why it’s Best to Consult the Experts

Firstly, there are various types of woodworm and professionals like Garratt’s Damp & Timber will be able to accurately identify the particular insect which is causing the problem. This enables the correct course of action to be undertaken to work towards treating and resolving the issue, guaranteeing a treatment plan tailored to your property’s specific needs. Our team also has all the tools and materials required to address the issue, allowing you to relax safe in the knowledge that the job will be carried out to the highest possible standard. 

You should now know exactly how to spot woodworm as well as why it’s best to avoid quick fixes and seek advice from the experts. If you do spot an issue, say something right away and get it treated as soon as possible. After all, your home should feel comfortable and safe – don’t let woodworm destroy your home.

Please contact us today for more information about treating woodworm in your home.

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