What is Woodworm?

Woodworm is a collective term used to describe a wide variety of wood-boring insects that attack wood and timber, as a result causing structural damage in buildings.

There are a number of wood-boring insects that attack timber in properties in the UK with the most common being the ‘Common Furniture Beetle’ (or to give its official name Anobium Punctatum) that attacks softwood.

Identifying which woodworm is present through a survey is extremely important as this determines what type of woodworm treatment is required to get rid of the woodworm from the property.


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Why is Woodworm a problem?

Woodworm if left unchecked and untreated can cause significant damage to a property. The level of damage to the property is dependent on the size and type of the woodworm infestation present.

Woodworm Treatment in your property

At Timberwise, we have specialised in treating woodworm for almost 50 years and have our trained experts on hand to resolve your woodworm issues. The first step is to request a survey, you can do this by clicking on the icon above or calling us on 0800 288 8660. Once you have requested a woodworm survey, our team will then be able to guide you through the process, from identifying your needs as a customer to sending out one of our surveyors to inspect the infestation. Once our surveyor has paid you a visit, we will let you know what needs to be done, sending you a detailed report on what needs to be done.

We’ve put together some pages to tell you a little more about woodworm, please feel free to take a look!
Woodworm Infestation

The Life Cycle of Woodworm

You may be surprised to learn that woodworm has a three year life cycle from entering the wood and laying their eggs, to the insect eating away at the wood and eventually leaving the surface via an exit hole. The life cycle of the wood boring beetle is normally always near completion before most property owners are even aware they have a problem.

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Woodwork Look Like

What Does Woodworm Look Like?

There is a whole host of different types of woodworm and it takes a trained eye to identify them. Making sure we know which type of beetle we are treating is essential to leaving you with a wood boring beetle free property. Beetles come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. We have put together a guide all about what does woodworm look like.

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Woodworm Treatment

How to Treat Woodworm

The most important part of treating woodworm is making sure that the species of woodworm is identified correctly. Only then can the correct remediation be specified and applied.

There are a wide range of woodworm species so it’s important that the identification is done properly. Once our qualified woodworm specialists have provided a full diagnosis of the woodworm outbreak, they can then specify the most effective treatment.

Methods of Removing and Killing Woodworm

There are a number of ways of removing and getting rid of woodworm. At Timberwise, we always opt for water-based spray treatments due to the effectiveness and efficiency in killing woodworm. An advantage for property owners is that it allows re-enter into the treated area just a few hours after the treatment has been carried out.

The woodworm treatment is sprayed directly onto the timber and is absorbed into the timber over a period of about an hour, killing and getting rid of all living woodworm and eggs near the surface.

Woodworm that are already deep inside the wood will be killed as they eat through the treated timber upon emergence. This maybe some considerable time after the treatment has been applied dependent on the life cycle of the woodworm.

The woodworm treatments from Timberwise are ordinarily guaranteed for 20 years giving you peace of mind that the treatment is effective.

How the Surveys are Carried Out

  • Booking a Survey– Once you’ve contacted Timberwise via 0800 288 8660 or filling a request a survey form you can outline what the issues that are causing problems in your property. If the survey controller believes that there is a cause for concern then they will arrange a convenient time and date that is best suited to you.
  • Surveyor Visit– Surveyor will provide a full inspection of the property and conduct a survey detailing any problems that they have detected.
  • Written Report- A report will be sent you outlining the issues discussed on the day of the inspection and provide any initial costs of the repairs that you may need.

Woodworm Treatment Cost

In order to provide with an accurate quotation, our woodworm specialist surveyors will need to carry out a full inspection to determine the best treatment for the property. Cost of the treatment can depend on the damage caused by the woodworm and the size of the infestation.

Need help with your woodworm problem? Call 0800 288 8660

If you have questions about woodworm and how it can be treated in your property then contact our team at Timberwise. You can contact us by requesting a survey online or by calling on 0800 288 8660.