Woodworm Season!

18 March 2015

Woodworm season is almost upon us! So here at Timberwise we thought it would be the perfect time to give you the heads-up to prepare for the famous wood-boring insect.

The woodworm season usually begins between the months of March and April, although this is very much dependent on the climate. Generally when the warmer weather starts so does the woodworm season. It is during the start of the season that the woodworm begins to eat its way through the final layer of timber where it has been hiding over the winter months. When the woodworm emerges it does so as a beetle. Upon its exit the woodworm, now a beetle, will leave several distinct indications of an infestation, allowing you to identify and eradicate the problem as soon as possible.

The term ‘woodworm’ is loosely applied to describe all wood boring insects. The most common wood boring insect in the United Kingdom is the Common Furniture Beetle, or to give it its proper name Anobium Punctatum.  Don’t be fooled by the name though, this beetle won’t only infest your furniture but all of your structural timber if given the opportunity. This could if left untreated, potentially lead to severe structural damage, hindering the strength and stability of your home. It is therefore essential that the correct identification of species involved in a woodworm infestation is carried out at the earliest opportunity. Different species require different types of treatment. Only through correct diagnosis can unnecessary treatments be avoided. Signs of woodworm infestation vary depending on the species of the woodworm however, there are some common indications that we can look out for.

Signs of woodworm infestation

Woodworm Infestation

1)Small round exit holes found in timber. The size and shape of the exit hole are an indication of the beetle type.

woodworm frass

2) Sawdust in a powdery form known as frass. Frass is the waste product of the woodworm and can be found both within the holes or dispersed around the timber. 

Brittle wood, woodworm infesation

3) Infested wood will become weak and brittle to the touch.  The damage is as a direct result of the woodworm eating their way up and down the timber.

Woodworm beetle

4.)In mating season you may be able to find actual live woodworm emerging from the holes. In other cases dead beetles may be found surrounding infested areas.

At Timberwise we pride ourselves in being experts in our field. As our name suggests we are good with wood! For over 50 years we have been associated with identifying and treating woodworm. Should you be in any uncertainty with regards to the existence of woodworm in your home,  it is recommended you let our woodworm specialists take a look at the problem. Our qualified specialists will be able to identify the nature and severity of the infestation as well as propose a remedial solution alleviating any worry or concerns that you may have. The most common form of woodworm treatment used by our remedial specialists is a water based micro emulsion insecticide which is brushed or sprayed onto the area of infestation. For more information about Timberwise and the services we provide feel free to contact us for any help and advice.