Where there is timber there is the potential for wood boring beetles, commonly placed under the banner of woodworm. Spotting them can be difficult but it’s not impossible; you are more likely to see the signs of where the woodworm has been.
From holes to galleries (tunnels) and frass, that’s the name given to the dust pushed out of the galleries by the adults, and dead beetles, visible clues should present themselves.
At the slightest suspicion that you have a woodworm infestation please contact woodworm specialists like the highly experienced team at Thames Valley Timber Treatment. Professionals have access to woodworm treatments which aren’t available in the public domain, expertise, efficiency and qualifications that simply don’t come with a DIY woodworm killer.
Maximise your property’s, occupants and visitors’ safety
You may wonder whether woodworm has an impact on health and safety. Perhaps you think that as they’re only tiny pests they don’t do enormous harm and the fact that they are there at all is the most distressing aspect. Yes, their presence can be stressful but the worst effects of woodworm infestations are the structural ones. Woodworm eat the cellulose in timber to survive and create an ever more expansive network of galleries.
A full survey must be carried out by leading woodworm specialists to ascertain the level of damage and to suggest the appropriate woodworm treatment. Please don’t estimate the damage yourself, it is a task for professionals if you want peace of mind.
If timber is left untreated structural and safety issues escalate in severity
For example, a load bearing timber joist is left without woodworm treatment. It’s not in an obvious spot and you don’t want to spend money on treatment until (if) the situation worsens. Unfortunately, avoiding and ignoring the issue will lead to more woodworm treatment work and greater expense. The woodworm won’t die, they live from the wood so as long as you have wood, there’ll be a problem. The increasing number of tunnels and holes weaken the timber continually.
The joist won’t be able to bear weight and this is a serious health and safety risk. The cost of calling in woodworm specialists is less than being sued for compensation and the medical bills after an injury to someone on the property.
It’s rare to locate eggs, these are often laid in discreet positions in the creases of timber so that they can hatch undisturbed. Larvae hatch and immediately bore in to the wood. Their unwitting campaign of destruction begins.
The larvae mature in to pupa over the next 2-5 years before leaving the timber in their adult beetle form where the sole purpose is to procreate. This achieved, the beetle dies, normally within 2 weeks of becoming an adult. Dead beetles can be found beneath woodworm affected timber.
Imagine how far woodworm can travel and how much cellulose they can consume in up to 5 years. DIY woodworm killing tools can’t offer the same effective, positive experience.
Call woodworm specialists without delay.