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Wood Boring Beetles

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The term Woodworm refers to the larvae of any wood-boring beetle, rather than one particular species. the most common are the Common Furniture Beetle, Deathwatch Beetle, House Longhorn Beetle and Wood Boring Weevil

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How do I know if my property is affected

Your woodwork may be harbouring woodworm without you knowing it. Wood can be infected with eggs or larvae without it being noticeable, and you may not discover a woodworm infestation for several years. It's a common misconception that woodworm only affects old properties, in fact it can cause damage to newly constructed buildings.

 

Tell tale signs of woodworm include:

 

Small round holes in your woodwork, similar to the holes in a dart board.

Fine, powdery dust around these holes (this is known as frass).

Crumbly edges to boards and joists.

Adult beetles emerging from the holes or present around the house.

Even if you can't see any holes, you might also find frass escaping from the back or underside of old furniture. Again this suggests active woodworm.

 

However, not all of these signs of activity are cause for concern. Holes and frass might just indicate a previous woodworm infestation, long since dormant. The following tips are to help you confirm whether you have a serious, current problem

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What treatments are available?

If we find evidence of woodworm. Before deciding on a treatment, we will:

 

Identify the species.

 

Determine whether the infestation is still active.

 

Determine which timbers have been structurally weakened and need replacing.

 

Timber that has been structurally weakened will have to be removed and replaced with pre-treated timber. Other affected woodwork will then need to be treated. 

 

Methods of treatment include:

 

Surface application of pesticides.

Freezing – only suitable for items of furniture infested with woodworm.

Fumigation – usually appropriate for Deathwatch Beetle infestation in large structural hardwoods. The adult beetles are effectively "smoked out" during the annual flight season

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