Woodworm climbing out of timber

What to Do About Woodworm in Your Floorboards?

9 November 2021

Discovering woodworm in your property is never a good thing. It means that you are going to have to take immediate action to prevent your properties timber building materials from deteriorating any further, and to safeguard whatever wooden furniture you own from succumbing to woodworms damaging effects.

So, what can you do upon the discovery of woodworm in your floorboards to not only save further damage to your properties timbers, but the woodworm from spreading itself to your furniture and other wooden goods?

Call Out a Professional

Man treating timbers for woodworm

The very first thing you need to do on discovering that you have woodworm in your property is call out an expert who can help you remedy your woodworm problem.

Woodworm is an issue that needs specialist treatment. This means that a qualified professional should visit your property and conduct a treatment that won’t just slow or halt woodworm in your home, but put a stop to them completely, removing the danger of the insect resurfacing at a later date.

At Timberwise our methods are effective in achieving a lasting and permanent removal of woodworm within a property. It starts with the identification of the specific type of woodworm present within the property, as well as the actual scale of the infestation.

Once these aspects have been identified, our team will be able to specify a specific treatment catered to the scale, type, and stage of infestation within your property.

This treatment is often delivered in the form of a water based spray, which kills the insects themselves on contact whilst carrying a reduced risk towards any children, animals and the environment.

Your property will then be checked over, with any other timber used in the construction of your property looked over to ascertain what (if any) damage has been done to them by woodworm, and if those materials need to be removed and replaced.

You can learn more about how Timberwise can help you deal with a woodworm infestation by reading our woodworm treatment page, but please remember that outside of treatment any action you take will only slow or temporarily halt any woodworm damage.

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Keep Your Wood Dry

Woodworm damage to a timber beam

Once you have arranged for a specialist to deal with your woodworm problem properly, you need to focus on activities and steps that will contain and slow the spread of woodworm. One of these steps is to keep your wood and timber as dry as possible.

This might seem to be an odd, or sensible step in the grand scheme of things, as no one goes out of their way to dampen the timber in their home.

In this case, though, it is more important than ever to keep your properties wooden aspects dry alongside the floorboard. Reduce any condensation build up, avoid spills, ventilate your property well – anything to reduce the overall level of moisture present in the wood.

This is done because woodworm is attracted to wet timber. The reason for this is that female woodworm beetles tend to lay their eggs on surfaces that they feel will give their offspring the best chance of burrowing into, and therefore surviving. Moisture within wood makes this easier, as wet wood is softer and therefore easier for the beetles to dig their way into.

Keep this in mind, and make sure that your properties timbers are as inhospitable and unattractive to woodworm as possible as this may help reduce the overall spread and damage of the woodworm in your home.

Varnish Your Timber and Woodwork

Woodworm damage to timber

So, if you are following the advice of keeping your timber dry to make it inhospitable to woodworm, then it follows that you would want to take it a step further and make it even more difficult for woodworm to enter your wood.

To that end, you could always apply a coating of varnish to your wood in order to seal it. The effect here is twofold. The first is that a layer of varnish is going to seal your wood, making it much more difficult for woodworm to both enter and exit the wood, preventing the emergence and creation of additional bore holes.

The second effect is that varnish is toxic. With this in mind, any woodworm that does bore their way into your timber will have to suffer the ill effects of the varnish itself, meaning that if they make their way in they may not live long enough to make their way back out, or lay any further eggs.

So, if you want a little extra protection on your timber to help stop the spread of woodworm, as well as a fresh coat of varnish to help spruce up your wood, then this is a pretty important and helpful step.

Lay Flytraps

This might seem like an odd step, but bear in mind that woodworm isn’t a disease, ailment, or natural occurrence: its an infestation. With that in mind, strips of flypaper hung or placed around the affected floorboards stand a good chance of catching woodworm as they exit the wood itself.

Whilst this won’t do anything to prevent bore holes from appearing in the floorboards, it can help reduce the extent to which the woodworm are able to spread through your property, potentially saving your furniture, timber, and other wood from deteriorating.

Prepare to Replace or Repair Your Furniture

As part of the woodworm treatment service that Timberwise offer, we can expertly replace structurally necessary timber that has become so afflicted with woodworm it is no longer viable. This is done safely, with replacement materials fit for purpose, or utilising resin in some instances to facilitate repairs that aren’t just structurally sound, but also aesthetically pleasing as well.

As property care specialists, however, we do not offer woodworm treatment service for furniture.

So, in the event that you discover woodworm within your floorboards, it’s important for you to take stock of your properties wooden furniture and decide what action needs to be taken in order to either save it or protect it from being damaged by woodworm.

In the interest of protecting your wooden furniture it could be prudent to remove any wooden furniture that can be removed into a cool, dry area unaffected by woodworm. This might be annoying in the short term, but if you have already contacted a specialist and are awaiting proper treatment for the woodworm in your home then it is only a short term solution.

This will not only help keep your furniture undamaged and safe from the spread of woodworm, but also keep costs down when it comes to the likes of reupholstering or repairing the furniture itself.

Then there is the question of what to do if your furniture has already become infested with woodworm. Realistically there is no one answer here. It may be the case that the furniture in question is only lightly damaged, and the repair work could be reasonable enough to justify the expenditure.

In other cases, you may need to replace your furniture entirely – it is all dependant on the costs and losses you are comfortable with personally.

You might even own a piece of antique or sentimental furniture. In the event that this becomes affected by woodworm you will need to look into the possibility of utilising the services of an antique furniture restoration expert.

Again, this might not be the cheapest option, but outside of protection and prevention it will be your best option to help restore your furniture to a state of usability and quality.

Remove Woodworm From Your Floorboards

Treating Woodworm

As we already mentioned, the only way to be 100% certain that your property is free of all woodworm is by arranging for a property care expert to complete a proper woodworm treatment, killing the woodworm permanently.

Get in touch with our team today for a comprehensive woodworm treatment and service, all arranged at your convenience and within your timelines. Call 0800 288 8660 or get in touch online today.