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There are many different types of woodworm and they all cause damage to any timber they choose to live in. Woodworm larvae bore holes in the wood in search of food; cellulose. Once adults, they create tunnels through the wood to find an exit, leaving small identifiable holes in the wood. Over time, the many tunnels and chambers created by the woodworm larvae leave the wood weak and damaged.

WOODWORM TREATMENT

The first step to treatment is to fully establish the extent of the infestation. Our surveyor will be able to identify this. Once the extent of the infestation is known an appropriate woodworm treatment can be recommended.

Danford Brewer & Ives will first determine the species of woodworm causing the damage as different circumstances need different treatments. Depending on what they find, Danford Brewer & Ives can treat the woodworm with either a chemical spray, injection or surface paste.

For infestations that are not severe, normally only the surfaces of the timbers need to be treated to kill any emerging woodworm beetles and prevent them from mating and laying more eggs. This will protect the timber from further infestation by wood boring insects.

How to identify woodworm

Tell tale signs to identify woodworm include:

  • Small round holes in your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.
  • Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is known as frass).
  • Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
  • Adult beetles emerging from the holes or present around the house.
  • Even if you can’t see any holes, you might also find frass escaping from the back or underside of old furniture. Again this suggests active woodworm.

If you think you may have an infestation and would like some more information on how to treat it, please call Danford Brewer & Ives on 01765 804050