The title "woodworm" is a generic term for wood-boring insects that can infest, eat and damage wooden items & structural timbers within buildings. Rentokil's Property Care woodworm service offers convenient, effective solutions:
For more information on woodworm beetle & what woodworm looks like please see below.
Some beetle species prefer to infest the sapwood of softwoods, like pine, spruce and cedar. Others have a preference for hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. However all wood boring insects will leave some signs of their presence.
If you spot any of the signs below, you may have an active woodworm infestation:
Woodworm can cause serious damage to internal and external timbers. If left untreated, they can seriously weaken timber - which can eventually lead to structural failure in a building.
Rentokil Property Care provides specialist woodworm treatment for damaged timber.
There are 4 stages in the woodworm beetle lifecycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult beetle. However it is only the 'larval' stage that causes extensive damage within the wood. The eggs are laid in crevices and cracks within wood or on the rough underside of furniture. They vary in size and colour depending on the type of beetle - all are extremely difficult to spot with the naked eye.
The body of the woodworm is usually creamy-white in colour and has a curved shape. When the larvae hatch they immediately burrow through the timber, making it very unlikely they would be seen. Here safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for several years.
As the larvae mature they increase in size and eventually bore towards the surface of the wood, here they pupate and emerge as adult beetles by biting their way out of the timber. The holes they create are know as 'flight' or 'exit' holes.
The woodworm is the larval or grub stage of the beetle's lifecycle. The natural habitat for these insects are trees, so building timbers, wooden floorboards and wood furniture are natural substitutes for the beetles.
The most common woodworm beetle in this country is the aptly named Common Furniture Beetle, which can be found across the UK. Another more widely known insect is the Death Watch Beetle which is native to Britain. It's preference for eating seasoned oak timbers makes it one of the few insects which have been well documented for several hundred years.
The beetles are most noticeable when existing from wooden timbers between May and October each year. Once emerged they are attracted to light and can often be seen near windows, windowsills or loft hatches.
A Rentokil surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection of your property to assess the extent of the woodworm problem. They will determine if the infestation is active and in need of treatment and also check for associated wood problems such as rot or damp.
The surveyor will identify the type of woodworm infestation, how far the infestation has spread and if any timbers may need to be replaced. Based on this evaluation the surveyor will make recommendations for the appropriate woodworm treatment.
Call Rentokil Property Care FREE on 0800 0121 437 for more advice or to arrange a woodworm survey.