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.
Below we have explained the signs that could indicate that you have a woodworm problem.
Round or oval shaped exit holes are approximately 2mm in size. Woodworm exit holes will appear clean and fresh and often have sharp edges.
Tunnels in wood, also known as galleries are the result of woodworm boring through the infected timber, these are often hard to see.
Bore dust, also known as frass, is caused by emerging adult woodworm beetles. This is usually visible below the infested timber.
In extreme cases, a foot or chair leg going through the floor can indicate a more serious infestation.
Crumbling wood is caused by multiple woodworm exit holes and can be found around corners or edges of roof joists or floorboards.
Adult beetles emerge from timbers between May and October.
Dead woodworm beetles can be found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills. This can indicate a previous or an existing woodworm infestation.
Female woodworm beetles protect their eggs by laying them within cracks in timber. These vary in size depending on the species of beetle, but all are difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Woodworm larvae are usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape, however, these are rarely seen.
There are four stages of woodworm development, these are:
View our short infographic explaining the life cycle of a woodworm.
Our professional surveyors will carry out a thorough inspection to identify the signs of woodworm and assess the type of woodworm involved. 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.