Woodworm is actually a term to describe various different species of wood boring insects. The insects lay their larvae into the wood, which in turn feed on the wood leading to significant structural damage, which can weaken the structure, and also cosmetic damage.
Types of Woodworm
Deathwatch Beetle - A well known type of woodworm, the Deathwatch Beetle gets its name from the ticking noise it makes when mating. It has been responsible for the destruction of numerous buildings, feeling on both hardwoods and softwoods and can prove difficult to eradicate.
Furniture Beetle - A very common species of woodworm that feeds on hardwoods and softwoods, found often in buildings and homes around the country.
Longhorn Beetle - A bigger problem in the south east of the UK, this beetle is attracted to softwoods. Warm weather encourages the beetle to fly, which causes the infestation to spread to neighbouring roof timers, which is their ideal nesting ground.
Powderpost Beetle - This species, a hardwood eater, will completely destroy timber if left untreated. Crumbled or broken timber is likely to been infested by the powderpost beetle.
Do I have woodworm in my home
Common signs that you may have woodworm in your home are the pinholes their larvae leave in wood. Active woodworm can be observed, as the larvae feed, they often leave a pile of wood dust. Flooring may start to show signs of weakening or damage caused by woodworm, with significant problems resulting in crumbling of wood.
How to treat Woodworm
If an infestation has already occured, there are no effective DIY treatments for eradication of woodworm. There are however, various shop bought products that can help control a woodworm infestation, if used correctly, but we recommend that you should consult the professional expertise to determine the full extent of the infestation.
Specialist woodworm removal requires professional help. Less Pests Leicestershire and Rutland will survey an infestation bfore giving advice on the best option for removal. Treatments include water-based treatments and fogging treatment for floors.
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