Up until recently, the UK climate has been uncharacteristically pleasant. A fairly decent summer was followed by a surprisingly mild September, and it seemed as though we were enjoying a long-overdue streak of good luck as far as our weather was concerned.
While this was a welcome turn of events for us, it was also good news for the common furniture beetle – better known as woodworm. The warmer temperatures have meant that these wood-boring critters, usually confined to wreaking havoc in during the summer months, have been able to continue thriving long into autumn. Lucky for them, not so lucky for the rest of us.
Woodworm will attack and weaken the timber of a building, in some cases severely compromising its structural integrity. It is therefore vital that infestations are identified and treated as quickly as possible. Common signs to look out for include the sudden appearance of small round holes (often between 1 and 3 millimetres in diameter) in wooden surfaces, or the occurrence of otherwise inexplicable appearance of fine bore dust and damage to the surface of timbers and furniture.
Treatment of an infestation will vary depending on species and severity, but Peter Cox Ltd has years of experience treating and restoring both commercial and domestic properties that have fallen prey to woodworm. If you suspect an infestation, get in touch today to arrange a survey.