What is woodworm?
‘Woodworm’ is the term used to refer to various species of wood-boring beetles and the damage they cause. Woodworm larvae feed on wood, creating a network of tunnels in a commercial property’s structural and decorative timber and can remain for up to ten years, depending on the woodworm species. At the end of the larvae stage, the adult woodworm beetle emerges, forming the ‘flight holes’ which are often seen in woodworm-infested timber. The cycle then continues, with adult woodworm beetles mating and often laying eggs inside the flight holes in the wood.
Woodworm can enter a commercial property on infected wood or simply by flying in through an open window. If it is allowed to get out of control, a woodworm infestation can have severe consequences for a commercial property, putting structural integrity at risk.
If you suspect a woodworm infestation in your commercial property, arrange a woodworm survey from Peter Cox immediately. An experienced Peter Cox woodworm specialist will correctly identify the woodworm species and severity of the infestation and will advise you on the best course of woodworm treatment to take.
What does woodworm look like?
Holes on the surface of wood can indicate the presence of woodworm, with the most common woodworm species leaving numerous small, round holes between one and three millimetres in diameter. Woodworm also often leave a trail of bore-dust, known as ‘frass.’ You may find dead woodworm beetles around the timber and near windowsills, as they fly towards light.
If timber flooring or furniture becomes noticeably weakened or damaged, this may be a sign of a woodworm infestation. You should arrange a woodworm survey as quickly as possible, as woodworm damage to a floor can weaken it to the point where it may not hold a person’s weight.
For help identifying the species of woodworm affecting your commercial property, visit our woodworm identification page.
Should you choose to arrange a woodworm survey, a Peter Cox woodworm specialist will visit your commercial property. They will identify the species of woodworm involved, find out whether they are still active, and advise you on the best course of action to take. The woodworm surveyor may need access to roof voids and may need to lift roof insulation and floorboards.
Peter Cox’s procedure for most woodworm infestations is to spray-treat the affected timbers with an insecticide which eliminates beetles and larvae. Treated areas can be reoccupied after as little as an hour.
Our woodworm treatments use the latest water-based, microemulsion insecticides. These are usually sprayed but can be applied by brush and injection, and as a paste or gel.
Where a deep-seated death watch beetle infestation has occurred, our woodworm experts will instead use a deeply-penetrating insecticidal gel.
Timbers which have been severely affected by a woodworm infestation may be cut away and replaced or repaired via Peter Cox’s epoxy resin repair techniques.
If you suspect woodworm activity in your home, visit our domestic woodworm page.
To book a woodworm survey from a Peter Cox woodworm specialist, fill in the form on the right of the page, visit our contact us page, or call Peter Cox on 0800 030 4701.