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Woodworm refers to the larvae of all wood boring beetles. In the UK, the most common woodworm beetles are:
All of these woodworm beetles invade and consume wood and then leave when they have reached maturity. Thankfully problems associated with woodworm typically only happen between May and September during the breeding season however, this is not always the case.
The amount of damage caused woodworm will depend on the species of beetle, the severity of the infestation and the type of wood. In the UK, the most common type of beetle is the Common Furniture Beetle. Depending of the extent of the woodworm issue, it can be as little as superficial damage to timber by the way of small holes however, it can result in structural timbers losing their structural intergirty.
It is a common misconception that woodworm only affects older properties. In fact it can cause damage to newly constructed buildings as well. Any wooden structure, furniture or worktop could be infected with eggs or larvae without it being noticeable. You may not discover a woodworm infestation for several years. However, if you do suspect woodworm, visit our how to identify woodworm web page for professional advice. Alternatively, if you are unsure, you can always organise a woodworm survey.
Suspect you might have a woodworm issue. Visit our 'how to' guide for tips to help you identify the signs of woodwormWoodworm signs
Want to know how to treat the problem? Check out our guide on woodworm treatments and solutions to eradicate a woodworm issueWoodworm treatment
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