Woodworm beetle

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Worried about woodworm? Our woodworm guide provides all the help and advice you need to make sure your home is woodworm free!

We provide expert surveys to diagnose the problem and determine if the infestation is active or not, and if necessary, professional treatments specially designed to purge your property of woodworm with the minimum of fuss. Best of all, our woodworm treatments carry a 20 year guarantee for complete peace of mind.

If you have a woodworm problem our qualified surveyors and highly trained technicians are ready to help. Get in touch with the experts today by calling 0800 633 5712 or send us a message online using the form below.

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What does woodworm look like?

Despite the name woodworm are not actually worms at all, rather it is the generic name for the larva of certain species of beetles. These larvae are small, wriggly and white, similar to maggots but slightly bigger with a curved “C-shaped” body. However, it is very rare that you will ever see a woodworm larvae, as they tend to stay burrowed in timber until they emerge as a fully grown beetle.

Woodworm go through different phases as they undergo their transformation into an adult, the life cycle of woodworm is as follows:

  1. The adult beetle lays its eggs in crevices and open joints in wood
  2. Larval grub spends years chewing through the wood feeding on cellulose and leaving it structurally weakened in the process
  3. Larva forms pupation chamber near the surface where it will transform into a beetle
  4. The adult beetle bores out of wood, mates and finds a wooden surface to begin the process all over again

You can see these stages animated below, or you may want to read more about the different stages of woodworm by taking a look at our woodworm life cycle page.

Woodworm lifecycle

Signs of woodworm

Signs of a woodworm infestation can be found anywhere there is timber in the home. Typically that could mean the roof rafters, floor joists, floor boards, skirting boards and of course any wooden furniture.

Identifying the signs of woodworm can be complicated as most people find that they first become aware that they have a woodworm problem when they spot the small round exit holes in their timber. Unfortunately this alone does not tell you if you still have an active infestation.

The biggest indicator of an active and present woodworm problem is evidence of ‘frass’ or bore dust beside the exit hole. To find out more about the signs of woodworm and identifying active infestation you can visit our signs of woodworm page. Alternatively, our woodworm beetles page will go into more detail on what the individual species of adult woodworm beetles look like, including:

  • Common furniture beetle
  • Death watch beetle
  • Wood boring weevil
  • House longhorn beetle

Woodworm treatment - how to get rid of woodworm

Our treatment process has been ratified by industry trade bodies such as the Property Care Association, Which? Trusted Trader and more to effectively eliminate woodworm in roofs, floors and staircases. With decades of experience solving woodworm problems in properties across the UK, our process gives you complete peace of mind that our woodworm treatment is safe, fast and reliable.

Our full and comprehensive woodworm treatment service includes.

  • A survey by a local industry accredited surveyor to locate the infestation, determine whether it is active or not and identify accurately the species involved.
  • Once an active woodworm infestation has been positively identified we offer woodworm treatment solutions that can be used on either bare wood OR painted or varnished wood.
  • If  structurally necessary, infested timbers will be cut away and replaced, or economically repaired by skilled joiners using resin repair techniques.
  • Our treatments are backed by real and meaningful 20 year guarantees.

Woodworm in furniture

If you have spotted exit holes and other signs of woodworm in your furniture then you may have an active infestation in your furniture.

If the furniture has already reached the point where the woodworm have caused it to become crumbly or make a cracking noise when you lift it up then we would suggest that it is beyond the point of repair and the best course of action would be to dispose of the furniture in a tip where the beetles wouldn't have the chance to afflict other parts of your home.

However, if you have just noticed an exit hole or two then there are DIY woodworm treatments available in supermarkets and shops that should be effective when the problem is localised to small areas such as the leg of a chair or table.

Woodworm in floorboards

The biggest concern here is that it is difficult to identify the extent of the infestation given that woodworm larvae can live for up to six years tunneling through your floorboards and structural timber. If the infestation is serious then your floorboards could become structurally compromised and you will need to replace them.

In order to determine the size and scale of your woodworm problem - or even to identify whether the infestation is current and active or not, we would advise that it would be sensible to consult with our trained and qualified woodworm specialists to determine the best way to ensure the structural safety of your floorboards and timber and to resign your woodworm worries to the past.

Is woodworm dangerous?

The amount of damage caused to your property by woodworm will vary greatly depending on the species of beetle involved and the type of wood they have infested. It is not uncommon for extreme cases of woodworm to inflict alarming damage that can result in extensive repair work, including removal and replacement of floorboards and joists necessary for the structural integrity of the building.

However not all signs of woodworm are necessarily a cause for concern, and even if you identify suspicious exit holes in your timber, it could very well be that these mark the site of a previous infestation that is long gone.

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Contact your local woodworm specialists

If you suspect that you may have a woodworm issue, then we are here to help. Our fully qualified specialist surveyors will be able to determine the cause of the problem and recommend the most appropriate course of action. If necessary we have a team of experienced technicians ready to get started resolving the issue for you.
Get in touch with your local Peter Cox branch by giving us a call on 0800 633 5712 for some help and advice. Alternatively, book a no obligation survey online using the button below.

Author: Richard Walker AIWSc CSRT CSSW

Our National Technical Manager Richard Walker is widely regarded as being one of the industy's foremost experts in the diagnosis and treatment of woodworm infestations. With over 23 years of experience working at Peter Cox, Richard's woodworm and property preservation CPD seminars are in high demand from property professionals across the length and bredth of the country.

For more on Richard's qualifications in the damp industry you can view his profile page or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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