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What is Woodworm and How do you Treat it?


Woodworm is a common yet largely unfamiliar issue in buildings that can eventually result in timber framework needing to be replaced as a result of infestation.

This is one of the most frequent causes of timber damage which can have a long-lasting effect on the framework of a building if woodworm is left untreated

Some forms of wood boring insects are more harmful to timber than other, but it is always best to consult a professional to identify the issue and recommend the best course of action.

What is Woodworm?

This is the larval stage of wood-boring insects, which sees eggs laid into small cracks on the surface of the timber. The most common type of insect is the Anobium Punctatum, otherwise known as the Common Furniture Beetle, while other usual suspects include the Death Watch Beetle, House Longhorn Beetle and Powderpost Beetle.

As the eggs hatch, the larvae bore into the wood searching for cellulose and create a chamber from which an adult insect will eventually emerge from.

The Effects

As the affected timber remains untreated, more and more chambers and holes will form as the cycle continues, resulting in an increased amount of insects. Over time this can weaken the timber to the point that a repair or replacement is needed.

The problem can spread as the insects seek for places to lay their eggs and continue the process, which is why the treatment of woodworm is highly important and should be addressed as soon as the issue is identified.

Treating Woodworm

Due to the numerous amounts of species that can infest different types of timber, treatment methods do vary on a case by case scenario. A member of our team will be on hand to inspect the property and the affected areas and will look to come to a definitive conclusion on exactly the type of insect that is present.

One way of treating woodworm involves exposing the affected areas to a chemical spray that will exterminate the insects. If this is your treatment of choice, the premises must be vacant for a period of at least an hour. This will be the likely treatment in most cases of woodworm caused by the Common Furniture Beetle.

Other species may warrant a gel treatment that is injected into the timber and spread across the surface of the material.

If you suspect a woodworm problem in your home, please call our team of professionals on 0208 535 7536 today for more information or to book a free property survey. 

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