Woodworm Treatments in Medway
You might not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is crucial before they cause more damage.
Different wood boring pests prefer different kinds of woods, which will help you to distinguish what kind of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. No matter the species, each of them will leave a number of signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
Dealing with a Woodworm Infestation
If left untreated woodworm can seriously damage timber – this may lead to structural failure of timbers.
Our skilled, experienced surveyors will conduct a complete inspection to guage the severity of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They’ll also determine if the infestation is active, check for related problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need replacing. Based on this in-depth evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.
Signs of Woodworm
- Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes will appear clean and fresh.
- Tunnels in the wood – often known as ‘galleries’ which are often hard to see.
- Bore dust – (often known as frass) caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
- Weakened and damaged floor boards – in extreme cases, a foot or chair leg going through the floorboards can
- indicate a more significant problem.
- Eroding wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floor boards.
- Dead beetles – usually found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
- Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
- Eggs – these differ in size dependant upon the beetle, but all are tough to spot with the naked eye.
- Woodworm larvae – usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.
What Does a Woodworm Look Like?
There are four stages of woodworm growth
- Adult beetle
Adult beetles will lay their eggs in cracks and crevices in wood objects, floorboards and timbers.
When larvae hatch they quickly burrow through the timber, making it most unlikely they’d be seen. They’ll be hungry and your woodwork will be their only food source. Safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for several years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface to pupate and emerge as adult beetles.