Spotting Woodworm in Your Home

by Editorial Team

It’s not uncommon to notice little holes in wooden items inside properties at this time of year. This is likely to be the result of ‘woodworm’, or more accurately, the larvae of wood boring beetles.Their larvae usually emerge between the months of April to September, and are so prevalent because they eat almost any type of wood.

Woodworm can often be found in timber beams and floorboards within properties; and if left untreated, it can even threaten the structural integrity of a building if the timbers affected form part of the overall support structure.

Peter Cox is often called in to treat woodworm infestations in cupboards underneath stairs, and in joists or rafters in lofts. We are also frequently called in to stately homes, museums and historic properties to ensure their structures and artefacts aren’t damaged by wood boring beetles, too.

You will only be able to tell if a piece of wooden furniture has an active infestation when damage to the wood has already taken place, so it is important to take immediate action as soon as the problem is identified. The best way to spot an active infestation is to look for woodworm ‘frass’ (fine sawdust) around the exit holes. This indicates that an infestation is recent, and that woodworm larvae may still be present in the timber.

The most common treatment process uses an insecticide applied to the affected timber. This involves spraying the infested area with a fluid that coats the surface, killing the insects—ideally this should be done by a professional.
We provide expert surveys from qualified surveyors to diagnose woodworm and determine if the infestation is active or not, and if necessary provide professional treatments for the problem.

You can contact us on 01904 899 757.

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