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

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 specialists 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.

Technician using woodworm treatment on the affected timber
Woodworm in the 3rd stage of the lifecycle
Wood boring insect causing damage to the timber

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Identifying The Woodworm Problem

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 species so it’s important that the identification of a woodworm 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.

How To Treat Woodworm

To treat woodworm, an effective and efficient water based treatment is used that only kills the wood boring insects but doesn't give off unpleasant fumes or smells and it quickly soaks into the timber.

The technician sprays insecticide into the wood and after the woodworm treatment is absorbed into the wood for a period of about an hour, the living woodworm and eggs near the surface are killed off.

Dealing with wood boring insects is a delicate and careful procedure, making sure the whole area is effectively treated.

We need to make sure the whole procedure is correctly managed, from the preparation of the area to the spraying of the Timber.

Woodworm Treatment Spray Carried Out By Technician

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.

Woodworm Lifecycle

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.

What Does Woodworm Look Like

How To Prevent Woodworm

Woodworm itself is almost unpreventable due to the nature and living habits of the woodworm. However, there are a couple of tips we can provide that can help keep them away

Firstly, make sure any firewood is kept outdoors. Bringing wood from outdoors and leaving it within your property could be bringing in a live infestation into the home.

Secondly, wood boring weevils are attracted to damp and moist timber or wood. So making sure your property is dry and fully protected from the elements will also help keep these creatures at bay!

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to have an infestation, once the woodworm treatment spray has been complete, this solution remains active for over 20 years, acting as a preventative for any future potential infestations.

Outwood Wood

Contact Our Woodworm Specialists

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 request a survey online or by calling on 0800 288 8660.

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