Woodworm Beetle

Woodworm returns!

18 March 2016

It looks like the miserable months of winter weather are finally behind us. With March well under way, the hopeful and rather optimistic, weather presenters have forecast nothing but days of glorious sunshine and blue skies. But, before you start making your plans for this summer, Timberwise are here to address a few issues that could be affecting your home over the next few months.

Over the winter months, Timberwise has been busy rectifying damp and condensation problems across the UK. But, as we face the warmer weather, a familiar pest may be at your doors. Woodworm season usually begins between the months of March and April. It is during this time that woodworm begin to arise from the timber where they have been hiding. Upon its exit woodworm will leave several distinct indications of an infestation, allowing you to identify and treat the problem as soon as possible.

What do woodworm look like?

The most iconic symptom of a woodworm infestation is small holes, typically between one and three millimetres in diameter. These exit holes are made by the woodworm as they eat their way to the surface of the timber. The presence of holes alone does not necessarily indicate a live infestation. Only the eyes of a specialist remedial surveyor will be able to identify if an infestation is active or dormant.

Woodworm also often leave a trail of bore-dust, this is known as ‘frass’, and is made up of woodworm excrement. Frass is typically light in colour and looks almost like very fine wood shavings. It is important not to confuse woodworm frass with the frass produced by the wood-boring weevil which although similar is ‘sticky’ to the touch as a result of there been moisture present.

The most obvious indication of a woodworm infestation is, in fact, the beetles themselves. They are commonly found in close proximity to the infected timber or are sometimes spotted near windowsills, as they fly towards light.

Arranging a Woodworm Survey

Should you choose to arrange a woodworm survey through Timberwise, a Timberwise woodworm specialist will visit your property.  Our surveyors will be able to identify the species of woodworm involved, reveal if the infestation is live and advise you on the best possible course of action for your property going forward.

If you have any questions about woodworm in your property that are not answered on our website or you feel you may need us to carry out a woodworm survey, please feel free to chat direct to one of our property care team who would be delighted to help you further. Alternatively, click on the ‘let’s chat’ button to chat to Timberwise and we’ll help you with your property care problem or simply give us a call on 0800 288 8660.