Woodworm is the generic term used to commonly describe the larvae stage of wood boring beetles that are seen emerging between April to October. As seasonal pests, woodworm can be found in any house where there is exposed timber.
With timber accounting for up to 70% of the fabric of a house, woodworm can be a very common problem with woodworm treatments common within the summer months. In Scotland, the most typical woodworm beetle pest is the ‘Common Furniture Beetle’ which can get into any home through open doors, windows, fresh air vents and gaps in the eves.
Why is woodworm a problem?
The reason why woodworm is often a problem within buildings is due to the woodworm larvae feeding on the cellulose within the wood leaving a network of tunnels that can cause significant damage to the timber structures within a property. Depending on the level of woodworm infestation, it can result in the structural timbers of a property losing their structural intergrity if woodworm treatment is not carried out.
How a woodworm infestation begins
Woodworm lifecycle begins with the adult beetle that looks for somewhere to leave its eggs. This could be on a door or window frame, the end of a timber beam or timbers within an attic space. Here it will lay a clutch of eggs and once these eggs hatch, the larvae will burrow its way into the wood where they can spend up to three years or more eating their way through the timber. When they transform into adult beetles, they eat their way out of the wood to start the whole process again.
How to identify woodworm
- Small round holes in your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.
- Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is known as frass).
- Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
- Adult beetles emerging from the holes or present around the house.
- Even if you can't see any holes, you might also find frass escaping from the back or underside of old furniture. Again this suggests active woodworm.
For more information to identify woodworm, visit our how to identify woodworm web page for additional help and advice. Alternatively, contact Wise Property Care to gain an insight and some free and helpful advice.
How to solve a woodworm problem
Along with the woodworm damage you can see, there can often be woodworm damage where you cannot see. However with specialist equipment, a woodworm property survey can identify the presence of any wood boring insect even with timbers that are not exposed. Once the extent of any woodworm infestation is known, an appropriate course of woodworm treatment can be recommended. You can find out more woodworm control and treatment tips by visiting the web pages below.
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Contact us about woodworm
At Wise Property Care, we are experts at identifying and treating woodworm problems that invariably lead to damaged timber.
If you suspect your property may require woodworm treatment, call Wise Property Care today on 0800 65 22 678 or click to request a property survey and we will arrange for one of our woodworm specialists to call or visit you at a time convenient for yourself. With our 20 year property repair guarantee, you can have peace of mind that your woodworm problems will soon be over.
More information about woodworm
For more information on woodworm, visit the following web pages. Alternatively, if you have a question, contact us online:
- What is woodworm?: Want to know more about woodworm. Check out our basic guide on woodworm and the typical woodworm beetles.
- How to identify woodworm: Extra information to help you identify if you have a woodworm issue
- Woodworm lifecycle: From larvae to beetle, understand the root of the problem and what exactly is affecting the wood in your property.
- Woodworm information pack: Download our woodworm control pack for help, advice and tips for spotting and preventing a woodworm infestation.
- Woodworm survey: Unsure if you have a woodworm problem? Contract Wise Property Care for a no obligation woodworm survey