Woodworm

The Problem

Woodworm Infestations or Wood Boring Beetles, as they are commonly referred to, are found in many residential properties. When left untreated, structural damage to building  timbers can occur, as the wood boring beetles are able to use wood as a food source. There are many different types of wood-boring insects, and it is essential that correct identification of insect attack in ensuring effective treatment. In some cases, the wrong identification of the insect can often lead to costly treatments that are simply not necessary.

The Solution

imageIt is very important that the type and cause of the infestation are correctly identified by a trained and competent surveyor who can recognise and understand the problem, before any corrective action can be considered. Our fully trained and qualified surveyor will carry out an inspection to correctly identify and diagnose the type of infestation, and provide a survey report with a imagespecification for the elimination of the infestation. Where woodworm treatment is required, our fully trained technicians will apply a low odour water-based insecticide, to the joists, wall plates, bearers, sub floor timbers and the underside of the floorboards. Most woodworm treatments are completed within one day. The most common method used for woodworm treatment to timber floors, involves exposing the timbers by lifting floorboards in a parallel manner to gain access to the sub floor void. 

Types Of Woodworm

Common Furniture Beetle(Anobium punctatum)

Attacks sapwood of softwoods and hardwoods. Infestations appear as round holes approximately 2mm in diameter. Sound timbers can be effectively treated using insecticide, which eradicates existing infestations and provides future protection to the timbers.

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)

This insect is often associated with historic buildings and usually affects the sapwood of hardwoods that are damp or have been affected by fungal decay. Damage looks like large furniture beetle, with holes around 3mm, often with extensive tunnelling. Can create significant damage. Deathwatch beetle will also attack softwoods if in contact with hardwood. Embedded timbers are particularly suspectable.

Wood Boring Weevils (Pentarthrum huttoni)

Damage is associated with damp and decaying wood, particularly timber already rotted by cellar fungus. Infestations can spread to adjacent healthy wood. Adults are 2.5 to 5mm in length.