Typical signs of woodworm including exit holes, powdery dust and signs of bettle activity

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Signs of woodworm

If your property is suffering from a woodworm infestation, and the signs of woodworm go unnoticed, the resulting damage these pests cause can develop into a very serious problem indeed. Severe cases of woodworm lead to weakened timbers that will ultimately compromise the integrity of the building.  

Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to spot the signs of woodworm and identify whether or not your property is under attack.

If you identify any of the distinctive signs of a woodworm infestation listed below, then it is recommended that you visit our woodworm treatment pages in order find out how we can intervene and eradicate the infestation before the woodworm can cause any significant damage.

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Identify the signs of woodworm

Identifying the following signs of woodworm is key to preventing further damage to your property.

Woodworm sign 1 - small round exit holes

Tiny holes, between 1 and 3mm diameter, in the timber are perhaps the most obvious sign that you have a woodworm problem. These flight holes are created when the larvae pupate and hatch into adult beetles, boring their way to the surface of the timber to mate with other adult beetles and reproduce. Starting the whole woodworm lifecycle all over again.

Woodworm sign 2 - Fine, powdery dust

Bore-dust, also known as frass, will often be noticeable near exit holes where the woodworm emerged from the wood. The presence of frass would suggest that the woodworm infestation is active and treatment is necessary.

Woodworm sign 3 - Tunnels within the timber

It may be possible to see a network of small tunnels that have been bored into the wood by the larvae as they burrow inside.

Woodworm sign 4 - Weak or damaged timber or floorboards

If you have noticed furniture, flooring or structural timber is noticeably weaker or started to crumble at the edges, then it could be a sign of woodworm.

Woodworm sign 5 - beetle activity or dead beetles outside of timber

If you notice beetles emerging from timbers, or dead beetles close to the proximity of holes then you more than likely have a woodworm infestation.

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Signs of woodworm

What to do if you think you have woodworm

If the signs of woodworm in your property correspond with the signs of woodworm listed above, then it is strongly recommended that you act now and contact our team of fully trained and qualified woodworm specialists to prevent further damage.

To find out more about our industry accredited woodworm services you may wish to review our woodworm treatment and woodworm survey pages.  As the market leaders in the industry, Peter Cox is the name to trust when it comes to woodworm and property preservation.

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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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