What Is Woodworm?

Woodworm is a collective term used to describe all wood-boring insects that attack wood and timber, 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 which woodworm treatment is needed to get rid of the woodworm from the property.


Accredited to

Robert Pool

Remedial Surveyor CSRT
North West

Request a survey

Got a Woodworm problem? Call 0800 288 8660 or

Why is Woodworm a problem?

The woodworm problem usually occurs within the buildings causing significant damage to the property. The levels of damage to the property are dependent on the size of the woodworm infestation, this can mean the loss of the structural integrity if woodworm treatment is not applied.

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.

Learn More
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 are treating the right woodworm is essential to leaving you with a wood boring beetle free home. Ranging in different shapes and sizes and with a number of categories that each woodworm falls into, we have put together a guide all about what does woodworm look like.

Learn More
Treating Woodworm

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. To find out more about treating the wood boring beetle make sure you check out our how we treat woodworm page.

Learn More

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.

The Cost of Woodworm Treatment

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. The treatment can depend on the damage caused by the woodworm and the size of the infestation.

Request a survey

Got a Woodworm problem? Call 0800 288 8660 or

Need help with your woodworm problem? Call 0800 288 8660

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