WOODWORM TREATMENT

Woodworm Treatment

An infestation of woodworm in a property can cause severe damage whether the attack be to decorative timbers or to larger structural timbers it is vital that the woodworm is dealt with correctly and professionally. There are several species of woodworm which thrive in different conditions and are found feeding on different types of timbers.

THE MAIN TYPES OF WOODWORM SPECIES

An infestation of woodworm in a property can cause severe damage whether the attack be to decorative timbers or to larger structural timbers it is vital that the woodworm is dealt with correctly and professionally. There are several species of woodworm which thrive in different conditions and are found feeding on different types of timbers.

 

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)

The common furniture beetle is the most common type of wood boring beetle as it will live in and feed on almost any type of timber including structural joists, floorboards, doors, skirting boards and architraves.

 

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)

The death watch beetle is also a more common type of woodworm, this beetle will prefer to attack harder wood types used for structural strength when building properties which can lead to very serious consequences if left untreated. The death watch beetle acquires its name from the noise the male beetle makes as it taps its head on timbers to attract mates, this is particularly noticeable in large derelict buildings such as churches. Although the death watch beetle prefers harder timbers it will also attack softer woods that are nearby.

 

Wood Boring Weevil (Pentarthrum hutton/Euophryum confine)

The wood boring weevil is a woodworm species found across the United Kingdom, this particular beetle will target damp and moist timber often found in cellars, basements and areas of dampness. It is very common to find the wood boring weevil alongside a case of wet rot to the affected areas.

 

House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)

The House longhorn beetle is an infestation which is more rarely found than any other species typically located around South East England. This woodworm can cause damage to structural roofing timbers and usually attacks sapwood. The exit bore holes left behind from a House longhorn infestation are much larger than that of a more common beetle such as the common furniture beetle.

 

Woodworm eradication and treatment

Our surveying team will carry out extensive checks to a suspected woodworm infested property often lifting carpets and possibly removing floorboards to check structural timbers.

Once identified a woodworm infestation should be dealt with immediately, our infestation experts will remove any severely damaged timbers if required and treat the surrounding areas with the latest woodworm and preservative chemicals. These chemicals coat the surface of timbers and also penetrate into the wood poisoning the beetle or larvae before they have chance to mate and begin the woodworm lifecycle again. Due to the modern day low odour chemicals used the affected areas can be re occupied in just a few short hours allowing our customers to get their home back to normal as soon as possible with little disruption.

If you a concerned that your home may be under attack by woodworm call Damp proofing solutions now to arrange a free survey.

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