Timber Preservation Experts Ripon

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 01765 804 050 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.

How to Get Rid of Woodworm

The first stage in getting rid of woodworm is to identify its type. From there you can determine the extent of woodworm treatment required.

Combatting common furniture woodworm, where it is affecting small items, involves brushing, spraying or dipping the affected items using a Permethrin-based woodworm treatment. This is an insecticide and medication.

For deeper timber infestations, such as Death Watch Beetle, you will need a more extensive course of treatment involving a woodworm treatment spray.

Alternatively, drilling into affected areas and filling them with a special paste or gel can work effectively. If the infestation is from the House Longhorn Beetle, you should seek professional treatment for extensive damage.

If you want professional woodworm treatment, the qualified and experienced surveyors and technicians at Danford, Brewer & Ives can provide a full diagnosis and treatment for homeowners throughout Yorkshire.

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.

The woodworm experts 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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How Effective is Woodworm Treatment?

To be effective woodworm treatment needs to treat the infestation that is the cause of the woodworm. If left untreated, woodworm can weaken timber in a property to the extent that the building’s structural integrity is at risk.

Because infestation is part of the lifecycle of wood-boring beetles, treatment concentrates on ending this lifecycle. It involves applying special insecticides and coatings to wooden surfaces that destroy the larvae of wood-boring beetles and prevent adults coming to the surface to mate.

This form of treatment is highly effective in preventing the spread of woodworm infestation. Depending on the degree of damage, some timber may then need replacing.

How Serious is Woodworm Infestation?

The problem with woodworm infestation is that by the time you can see the evidence of holes in your wood, the damage has been done. Its seriousness will depend on where it is occurring and what kind of woodworm it is.

Some species of wood-boring beetle can be more destructive than others. For example, the House Longhorn Beetle can cause serious, structural damage to the property by infecting all the softwood timber in it.

Because woodworm problems are mostly invisible, it makes sense to seek professional advice and help in identifying its cause, location and the best means of ridding your property of it.

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