The term ‘woodworm’ covers many types of wood boring beetles, some with wonderful names like Deathwatch Beetle and House Longhorn Beetle. But whatever they are called, you’ll want to say goodbye to them.
Signs of woodworm usually consist of holes in the wooden item, with live infestations showing powder (faeces) around the holes. The sizes of the holes vary, but are typically 1 mm to 1.5 mm in diameter for the most common household species. Adult beetles which emerged from the wood may also be found in the summer months.
Typically the adult beetles lay eggs on or just under the surface of a wooden item. The resulting grubs then feed on the wooden item causing both structural and cosmetic damage, before pupating and hatching as beetles which then breed, lay eggs, and repeat the process causing further damage.
As the beetles evolved consuming dead wood in various forest habitats, most grubs, if not all, typically require that the wooden item contain higher moisture content than is normally found in wooden items in a typical home.
A building with a woodworm problem in the structure or furniture probably/possibly also has a problem with excess damp. The issue could be lack of ventilation in a roof space, cellar or other enclosed space within an otherwise dry building.
Whilst damp is a leading factor resulting in woodworm some species of Wood Boring insect, such as the Wood Boring Weevil, are only found in instances where fungal rot has already begun to occur.
Adult beetles lay their eggs in cracks in wood. Outdoors this isn’t much of a problem, but inside your property they might infest floorboards, furniture, wooden beams and any other wooden objects. Larvae burrow deep into the wood where they feed – and in the process make a maze of tunnels over several years.
If you don’t have specialist woodworm control the larvae can seriously weaken the timbers in a building. If left untreated, this may lead to structural failure of timbers.
Woodworm infestation is generally controlled with chemical insecticides. However, it is also advisable to investigate and solve possible damp issues, as dry wood is not usually affected, and wood that remains damp may be re-infected at a later date.
The Benefits of using Panic Pest Control
Woodworm is usually found inside of the furniture in your house and often it is hard to notice their presence, in no time at all they can cause you many problems by destroying your furniture without you noticing it. Protect your home from these unwanted guests by using Panic Pest Control Company, and take advantage of the many benefits we offer.
We are flexible and can arrange an appointment at your convenience, no matter if you prefer weekdays or weekends, morning or evenings – even if it’s at short notice!
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We will investigate the areas that could be affected by woodworm. In addition, we will ensure that every crack and breeding ground is treated to help prevent future woodworm infestations.
Using top of the range solutions which are designed for long term elimination, our woodworm exterminators will check all the possible affected areas.
Our woodworm pest control teams will advise you on the deterrence of future infestations and provide you with follow up visits to ensure complete eradication.
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