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Do You Have a Woodworm Infestation?


Are structural timbers, window frames, furniture or decorative items showing signs that have made you suspicious about whether there is an unwanted presence in your woodwork?

  • Has renovation work unveiled a woodworm infestation?
  • Are floorboards crumbling?
  • Is the staircase becoming creaky?
  • Has an area been sealed off and seems to have fallen prey to woodworm?
  • Have you eliminated timber rot as a potential issue? (If not, please call in experts.)

Act on your suspicion

If you have the tiniest inkling that woodworm have made their home in your property then please act. You’d be surprised, but some people try to ignore the problem and hope it will go away. It won’t.

Don’t share a home or business space with woodworm.  Seek professional timber treatment and woodworm specialists like Thames Valley Timber Treatment.

What are woodworm?

It’s a broad term for several kinds of wood boring beetle including common furniture beetles and Deathwatch beetles.

Their life cycle takes them from egg to larvae to pupa and finally to their adult beetle form. Their longest span of time, anything up to 5 years, is spent as larvae to pupa. The other stages last approximately 2 weeks each.

How do you know if your timber is under attack?

Signs include:

  • Fresh looking oval or round holes in the wood.
  • The holes lead to tunnels, called galleries by specialist woodworm treatment firms.
  • Crumbling, weak wood.
  • Damaged timber.
  • Frass is the dust that comes out of the tunnels at the surface when the woodworm leaves it as an adult beetle.
  • Eggs laid in the timber crevices are not easy to see but indicate an issue.
  • Dead beetles. In their adult form, they only live for an average of two weeks. They are primed to mate and then pass on.
  • If you find dead beetles in a concentration this suggests that woodwork nearby is affected.

Why do you need to act quickly?

If left untreated timber will weaken. Woodworm not only tunnel in the wood but they eat the cellulose in it to survive. A strong piece of timber can be decimated over years and pose a serious health and safety risk.

The smaller the affected area, the lower the bill; this is another key motivator.

Won’t over the counter products save money?

When you discover a woodworm infestation any online advice and DIY over the counter methods may look like attractive solutions but there is no guarantee of success.

Experts exist for a reason, they are effective and their long-lasting results with licensed products, training and experience render the “cheap and cheerful” and “cross your fingers” products inadvisable and a drain on resources.

With professional timber treatment you’ll eradicate the problem efficiently and without wasting energy or money. You’ll remove the risks associated to handling chemical products too.

Leaving woodworm specialists to deal with a woodworm infestation is always the best course of action.

Specialist woodworm treatment and timber treatment halts the progress of woodworm, limits the damage to timber and restores invaluable peace of mind.




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