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How to Identify Signs of Woodworm

Early identification of woodworm is the key to stopping them before they cause more harm to your property.

You may not realise that you have a woodworm problem until the resulting damage becomes visible. If left untreated woodworm can seriously weaken timber - this may lead to structural failure of timbers.

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  • Fresh Exit Holes In Timber

    Round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes will appear clean and fresh.

    Woodworm Timber Holes

  • Tunnels In Wood

    Tunnels in wood, also known as galleries are the result of woodworm boring through the infected timber, these are often hard to see.

    Woodworm Galleries

  • Bore Dust

    Bore dust, also known as frass, is caused by emerging adult beetles. This is usually visible below the infested timber.

    woodworm bore dust

  • Weak & Damaged Floorboards

    In extreme cases, a foot or chair leg going through the floor can indicate a more serious infestation.

    Weak floorboards

  • Crumbling Wood

    Crumbling wood can be found around corners or edges of roof joists or floorboards.

    Crumbling wood

  • Dead beetles

    Dead beetles can be found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.

    Dead wood beetle

  • Eggs

    These vary in size depending on the species of beetle, but all are difficult to spot with the naked eye.

    woodworm egg

  • Woodworm Larvae

    Woodworm Larvae are usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.

    Woodworm Larvae

  • Live Adult Beetles

    Adult beetles emerge from timbers between May and October.

    Woodworm Beetle

Spotted These Signs?

Any of these signs could mean you have a woodworm infestation and a thorough inspection of your property should be carried out. Woodworm treatments by our trained technicians carry a 30 year guarantee so you can be sure all work conducted by us, will keep you and your property safe.
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What Does a Woodworm Look Like?

There are four stages of woodworm development, these are:

    1. Egg – Laid in cracks and crevices in wooden objects, floorboards and timbers by Adult beetles  
    2. Larva – When larvae hatch they immediately burrow through the timber, making it very unlikely they would be seen. Safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for several years.
    3. Pupa – As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface to pupate
    4. Adult beetle emerge as adult beetles and look to mate.

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Dealing with a Woodworm Infestation

Our professional surveyors will carry out a thorough inspection to assess the type of woodworm involved and any issues they are causing. They will also determine if the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need replacing. 

Based on this detailed evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment. These woodworm treatments all carry a 30 year guarantee making sure the issue doesn't return anytime soon.

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