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What is woodworm

First and foremost it is important to recognise that woodworm is not actually a worm at all. Rather, it is the term applied to the wood-eating larvae of several types of woodworm beetle.

After the egg has been planted in the timber, the woodworm larva will emerge and burrow downwards into the wood. The larva can remain in the wood for up to 5 years burrowing through the timber and continually feeding on the cellulose in the wood. In severe cases the woodworm larvae can cause so much damage that they significantly weaken and compromise wood and timbers in the property.

Eventually a fully grown adult beetle will emerge from the wood leaving behind a tell tale exit hole as it immediately seeks a mate in order to begin the whole process over again. After reading our page on 'what is woodworm' you might want to talk to our team about arranging a no obligation woodworm survey, you can contact us on or by sending an online enquiry below.

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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.

How do you know if you have woodworm

Should you identify any of the signs of woodworm in your property then it is highly recommended that you contact the a qualified woodworm treatment professional  to conduct a full and thorough woodworm survey in order to identify, diagnose and treat the problem, if there is indeed an active woodworm infestation.

Our specialist woodworm surveyor will visit the property to determine the extent and scale of the woodworm infestation, identify the species of woodworm beetle that are present in the property, check for any related problems like wet rot or dry rot and create a custom woodworm treatment plan for you. If you are happy to proceed then we have a team of local technicians ready to get started solving your woodworm problems.

Find out more about our trade body certified woodworm treatment services by visiting our treatment page below.

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Since our foundation in 1951 we have been helping our customers preserve their property against woodworm infestations. Call Peter Cox today on 0800 633 5712 or complete the contact form below to find out how we can help you.

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