Woodworm tips and advice from the woodworm specialists

21 April 2011

Now that the warmer weather is upon us we have seen a rise in the number of calls from people asking for our advice with woodworm related problems in their property. So, to help all those who think they have a woodworm problem here is a reminder about woodworm and some useful woodworm tips for you!

Woodworm advice

1. Know the type of woodworm infestation you have

Firstly, do you know what woodworm are? The term woodworm refers to the larvae of any type ofwood-boring beetle. Here in the UK, the most common forms of woodworm are theFREE Woodworm Help & Advice Pack Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum), House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) and Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus).

It is always a good idea to get a woodworm specialist to identify the correct type of woodworm before you decide on any form woodworm treatment. Not all woodworm beetles or larvae are harmful and a qualified 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.

2. Is it a live woodworm infestation?

BeetleThe 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 tends to be between May and September. One idea is to block the woodworm holes during the cooler 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. Alternatively seek the advice of a professional.

3. 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: a moisture content of around 20% would be a cause for concern as woodworm prefer 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 lower and infestation will die out with long periods of reduced moisture. You can assume that a reading of around 11% puts you at very low risk of a woodworm problem

4. 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.

Further woodworm advice from Timberwise

Booking a woodworm survey is simple – either call your local office on 0800 288 8660 or complete the on-line woodworm survey request form.