Woodworm Treatment Leeds

Timber Preservation Experts Leeds

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.


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

The beetles that cause woodworm, and their larvae, are difficult to see. Therefore, identifying an active woodworm infestation means looking for the right signs.

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.
  • You may find frass at the back of or underneath furniture without seeing any visible holes.
  • Weak and damaged floorboards may indicate presence of active woodworm infestation.
If you think your house may have woodworm infestation and would like to get it treated, please call Danford Brewer & Ives on 0113 213 6818 for a qualified survey.




Complete the enquiry form below or call us directly to discuss your damp or timber problem. On this call, we will arrange to visit you and survey your property. There is a small fee for the site survey, which will be confirmed on the call. If you proceed with the full works, this fee is refundable against any further works carried out.



One of our qualified team will visit your property at an agreed time and date. We will assess the problem and determine the best solution. Once we understand the root cause of the problem we can creat a suitable plan to fix it. Following the site survey we will provide you with a written report and quotation.



Once you are happy for the works to proceed we will then arrange a convenient time and date with you to carry out the specialist works as per the quotation. Most specialist works are usually completed within a couple of days and involve minimal disruption. Our team will keep you fully up to date on the works progress during this time.

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In order for the guarantee to be activated all of the specialist works need to be signed off. A comprehensive checklist will be completed and signed off by both our team & yourself to make sure you are fully satisfied with the works. Following the sign off, where appropriate, the works can be fully guaranteed.

Woodworm Survey Process

How can you be sure that you have woodworm and, if so, to what extent the infestation is affecting your property? The best way to find out is through a professional, detailed woodworm survey by a PCA approved surveyor.

The results will reveal the extent of the damage and the spread of infestation as well as the type of woodworm beetle responsible. That is vital in determining the best course of action to rid the property of woodworm and prevent further infestation.

A surveyor will inspect the property carefully, gathering evidence of where there are signs of woodworm activity and damage that is a symptom of it. They will investigate to confirm at what stage of its lifecycle the wood-boring insect is in. For example, if the evidence shows that it is not a live infestation, then the damage is historic, requiring no further treatment. A surveyor will identify what kinds of repairs will be necessary to repair the damage caused, and what treatments to apply to deal with infected timber.

The woodworm surveyor will also assess whether there are other types of property damage associated with the infestation, such as damp or dry rot. The woodworm survey process is thorough, giving you a clear picture of your property’s condition and necessary treatments.

Woodworm Experts

An expert approach to treating woodworm infestations will ensure your property gets the right treatment to rid it of woodworm and protect it in the future.

They will first conduct a thorough survey to get an accurate picture of where the woodworm has occurred, the extent of the damage, and what type of wood-boring insect has caused it.

It is vital to get this information and then take the most effective action to rid the property of woodworm.

Some types of infestation may be less advanced or destructive than others but all woodworm, if active, requires treatment.

Where infestation is serious, or where there has been considerable structural damage, specialist treatment is the recommended way to restore and protect your property.


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Where Can You Find Woodworm?

There are tell-tale signs of woodworm, but you may have an infestation for years without realising it.

Because the damage is done beneath the surface of the wood, it can go unseen.

Timber in property, including beams, flooring, skirting boards and floorboards, can all show evidence of woodworm.

The signs of woodworm infestation to look out for include:

  • Small round holes in woodwork
  • Powdery residue around these holes – you may also find this on the underside or at the back of furniture
  • Crumbly edges to boards and joists
  • Adult beetles emerging from holes, or present in your property.

What Attracts Woodworm?

Woodworm is attracted to damp environments. If a property is suffering from the effects of damp, whether from leaks, rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation or poor insulation, then this can create decay in its woodwork.

Decay attracts wood-boring beetles that lay eggs in the wood. They hatch into larvae that burrow into the wood, feeding on it and weakening it over time.

Bringing wood into the home can also encourage woodworm infestation, whether from antique furniture or even firewood and driftwood. Failing to take measures to counter woodworm can further encourage its spread. Check all wooden fittings, furniture and other items.

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