What are woodworm?
Woodworm is the name commonly used to describe the larvae of wood-boring beetles. Firstly, the female wood-boring beetle lays her eggs within the grain or in cracks within the wood. When the eggs hatch into the larvae/worm they then naturally bore downwards, consuming wood and creating small holes and tunnels within the wood. There are four different types of common woodworm beetle found in the UK. These are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), the Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum), the House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) and the Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus), The life cycle of a woodworm is generally anywhere between 2-5 years.
What causes woodworm?
Woodworm prefer damp conditions, so areas of timber in environments with high moisture levels or insufficient ventilation are more at risk. Woodworm also tend to prefer wood that has not been pre-treated with timber preservatives.
What should I look for?
What should I do?
You may only have a minor infestation, in which case only a surface treatment is necessary to kill the woodworm and prevent further eggs being laid. However, if the damage is more severe, you may need to have some timber replaced and also implement stronger chemical treatments.
It can be difficult to fully ascertain the extent of a woodworm infestation, but if you call in a surveyor trained in assessments of this nature, they can gather this information for you and suggest the most appropriate course of action. If you are concerned you may have woodworm, get in touch with Wallseal Preservation in Sunderland on 0191 552 4743 for help and advice from the woodworm eradication experts.