If you suspect that your property or furniture are under attack from woodworm please act immediately and seek professional advice, a comprehensive survey and an effective solution.
Any attempts to ignore the matter won’t bring a satisfying conclusion, merely an escalation in the severity of the infestation.
In the worst-case scenarios, neglecting to treat woodworm leads to structural and safety problems and there’s a greater cost to kill woodworm and employ extensive timber treatments.
Woodworm is an umbrella term for several kinds or wood boring beetle including the Deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum and the common furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum.
- Egg Laid in the crevices of the wood. From the egg, the larvae hatches.
- Larvae The larvae immediately burrow in to the woodwork for safety and nutrition. For around 2-5 years’ life consists of boring through wood, making tunnels and staying away from the surface.
- Pupa The pupa travels towards the surface as it matures and grows. This is the last stage before it becomes a beetle.
- Beetle The sole mission of the adult beetle is to mate. This completed, they die within a couple of weeks.
Signs that indicate a woodworm infestation:
Oval or round holes in the wood. These appear to be freshly made and feature clean, tidy edges. The holes lead to tunnels, known to specialist woodworm treatment firms as galleries. These are difficult for the non-professional to spot but they’re a primary sign that woodworm’s eating through the timber and progressing to its core.
Woodworm feed on the cellulose in timber to survive so when they’re boring through the wood they are following their instincts. Crumbling and weak wood and damaged timber are key clues.
Equally visible evidence can be found with frass. This is the dust that comes out of the tunnels at surface level when the woodworm vacates it as an adult.
Eggs laid in the timber are not easy to see with the naked eye but they too are an indication that it’s time to treat woodworm.
Dead beetles. When they leave the timber after life as larvae/pupa they enjoy, on average, less than two weeks in beetle form.
If you find dead beetles in a specific area this is normally enough to suggest that woodwork nearby is suffering from a woodworm, in larvae form, infestation.
Specialist woodworm treatment and timber treatment are imperative to halt the woodworms’ destructive progress within the wood so they can’t mature in to beetles.
DIY methods or professionals to kill woodworm?
Professionals wouldn’t be needed if DIY methods and the ability to turn from novice to expert within minutes existed. Accredited, qualified timber specialists have experience, knowledge and resources that are not available in the public domain.
Please call a professional leading timber expert like Thames Valley Timber Treatment. They identify the issue and its extent and their surveys take in to account any risk areas and timber treatments that non-professionals don’t routinely investigate.
This offers optimum solutions in the most cost effective and safe way.