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Woodworm treatment

If you have a woodworm problem, then our woodworm treatment specialists are the market leaders in eliminating the pests from homes across the UK.

With more than six decades of experience, our qualified and industry accredited team provide woodworm solutions to completely and comprehensively eliminate a woodworm problem in any property.

If you need a surveyor to diagnose the extent and severity of your woodworm infestation get in touch on 0800 633 5712 or send in an online enquiry by completing the form below.

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Do I need woodworm treatment?

If your property has an active woodworm infestation then you will need to get it treated. Woodworm left untreated can cause significant deterioration to decorative and structural timbers in your property.

What is woodworm?

Woodworm is a catch-all term used to describe the larvae of wood boring beetles. There are several species of beetle across the country, with the most common being the Common Furniture beetle. You can find out more about the different species on our woodworm beetle page.

What does woodworm look like?

Woodworm 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.

How to identify woodworm

As previously mentioned, the biggest problem with identifying woodworm larvae is the fact that you cannot see them when they are in the timber. However, this does not mean you cannot identify an active woodworm infestation.  The most recognisable signs of woodworm are small round holes on the surface of the timber similar to those found on a dartboard. You will also see small piles of dust (frass) that are forced out the holes by the larvae as the tunnel.

If you spot any of the signs above, then it is time to consider a course of woodworm treatment.

How to treat woodworm

The technicians at Peter Cox use a unique woodworm treatment known as ‘InsectaSure’. This specially designed insecticide formula can be applied to large areas via spray or used to treat localised infestations by brush. It has been proven to treat timbers, eliminate beetles and larvae, and is a certified woodworm treatment for floorboards, furniture, oak beams, lofts and attics.

Once the wood and timbers have been treated with InsectaSure woodworm treatment, the active ingredients work in the following ways:

  • If a female lays eggs on the surface of the timber, when the larvae hatch they will ingest the treatment and die
  • Beetles already in the wood will ingest the treatment as they emerge out of the wood at the end of their lifecycle, killing them before they have the chance to mate and lay eggs
  • The treatment will remain within the layers of timber, in any cracks and exit holes to prevent future infestations
  • Treated rooms can be reoccupied just one hour after treatment has dried, minimising disruption to you

DIY tips for treating woodworm

There are a number of “woodworm killers” available in DIY and hardware shops and they can be very effective,  particularly on furniture that shows signs of woodworm. If you are certain the infestation is localised to a sideboard, chair or dresser,  then professional woodworm treatment is not required and a DIY woodworm treatment will suffice.

If you suspect woodworm has got into the timber frames of your property then we would always recommend getting professional treatment.

What customers say about our woodworm service

One look at Trustpilot shows that Peter Cox are among the highest rated woodworm treatment experts in the UK. Check out some of the reviews below to see why our customers love us.

Contact us for professional woodworm treatment

If you are worried about a potential woodworm infestation in your property then get in touch with our specialist team to discuss it. If necessary we can send a qualified woodworm surveyor to your home to assess the extent and severity of the problem and provide you with a woodworm treatment plan to get rid of the pests. If you are happy to proceed then we have a team of local technicians ready to get started applying our certified woodworm treatment solution

Get in touch with us today by contacting your local branch of Peter Cox on 0800 633 5712 or simply click the button below to fill in our quick online contact form and we will get back in touch with you.

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