Woodworm advice – trust the woodworm treatment specialists
17 May 2010
Now that the warmer weather is upon us we have seen a rise in the number of people asking for our advice with woodworm related problems. So, to help all those who think they have a woodworm problem here is a timely reminder about woodworm and some useful woodworm tips!
Firstly, do you know what woodworm are? The term woodworm refers to the larvae of any wood-boring beetle, rather than one particular species. Here in the UK, the most common forms of woodworm are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum), House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) and Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus). All species of woodworm invade and consume wood, and then leave the timber when they have reached maturity.
Know the type of woodworm infestation you have
It is always a good idea to get a woodworm specialist to identify the type woodworm before you decide on any form treatment. Not all woodworm beetles or larvae are harmful and woodworm specialist would be able to advise you on the type of infestation and the best course of action to remedy the situation. Contact Timberwise for a woodworm survey on 0800 288 8660 or for some helpful woodworm advice from one of our specialist surveyors.
Is it a live woodworm infestation?
To holes that are commonly associated with a woodworm infestation are made by the adult woodworm beetles. The woodworm make the holes as they exit the wood . The woodworm flight season is between May and September. One idea is to block the woodworm holes during the winter months by painting with a simple coat of emulsion, or by applying masking tape. In the spring, you can then easily see if any woodworm beetles have emerged from the timber and therefore determine whether you have an active woodworm infestation or not.
Have the humidity of the timbers checked
Have the humidity of the wood within your property professionally checked by a surveyor with a timber moisture meter. The surveyor will insert the probe into the timber and get an instant moisture content reading. For reference: moisture content of around 20% would be a cause for concern. Woodworm prefers timbers with a moisture content of over 18% however; woodworm can also tolerate moisture contents as low as 12% for short periods. At lower moisture levels, the rate of woodworm colonisation tends to be low and the infestation will die out with prolonged periods of reduced moisture levels. You can assume that a reading of 11% puts you at very low risk of a woodworm problem
Woodworm advice – helping to prevent woodworm infestations
To prevent further woodworm infestation, it is an idea to employ the following woodworm tips:
– Remove items of furniture or non-structural timber that are woodworm infested to avoid the woodworm spreading to other timber in the property.
– Keep humidity levels low and ensure areas with wood are well ventilated.
– Install electric fly traps in loft spaces and areas that are under-ventilated. This will help kill emerging adult woodworm beetles in the summer months, and thus reduce the threat of further infestation.