What is Woodworm?
Woodworm is a generic term used to describe the larvae stage of wood boring beetles. The damage caused by the larvae eating their way through timber can lead to serious structural integrity problems in a property if left untreated.
Fortunately, the woodworm experts at Wise Property Care have a variety woodworm treatments available to tackle the problem before it causes any serious issues.
Our fully qualified surveyors and trained technicians are ready to take your call, so if you think you have spotted the signs of woodworm in your home or business premisies do not hessitate to call us or click the button below to fill in our online contact form.
WHY IS WOODWORM A PROBLEM?
Despite the fact woodworm larvae are tiny pests, an active infestation can still leave a significant network of tunnels in structural timbers that will be enough to weaken them to a point that results in significant damage to a property.
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
Tell tale signs to identify woodworm include:
- 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, visit our signs of woodworm page.
How to solve a woodworm problem
When it comes to resolving a woodworm issue, the first step is to establish the serverity of the problem. A professional woodworm survey from Wise Property Care will identify the full extent of any woodworm infestation in your property even within timbers that are not easily reached.
Once the extent of any woodworm infestation is known, an appropriate course of woodworm treatment can be recommended. Treating woodworm can be as simple as a chemical spray but it can also require the replacement of damaged structural timbers. Our surveyors will provide you with a detailed report explaining exaclty wht needs done to get your property back to full health along with a quote for any required works.
Want to know how to treat the problem? Check out our basic guide on woodworm treatments and solutions to eradicate a woodworm issueWoodworm treatment
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