If you notice a sharp increase in the number of beetles, live or dead, in areas which are largely timber this could signify that your property and furniture are under attack. Wood boring beetles are the adult form of the woodworm larvae which tunnel and eat in to timber. You may not see the larvae so the best clue is the woodworm infestation’s beetle population.
Woodworm are unwelcome guests so from fear, common sense and safety perspectives most clients expect and should receive swift and effective resolutions to a woodworm infestation from woodworm treatment companies like Thames Valley Timber Treatment.
However, some property owners might be tempted to ignore woodworm in a secluded or closed off area and hope that the issue will remedy itself, maybe as winter approaches.
It won’t, a woodworm infestation will simply increase, travel further, weaken more of the property’s timber and you’ll need to prepare yourself for a much higher bill from woodworm treatment firms than if you’d called them at the earliest point.
Woodworm cause extensive structural damage to joists, beams, staircases, desks, tables, chairs, wooden doors and window frames.
A fall from weakened stairs, crashing through a floor or a chair failing to support body weight are incidents which can prevented with expert assistance. Don’t find yourself or your business being sued for negligence. If you think you may have a woodworm infestation, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals.
DIY treatments may look attractive but if they were effective why would there be a need for qualified specialists and solutions that only authorised woodworm treatment firms can access?
If you don’t appear to have a woodworm infestation an experienced woodworm prevention specialist can remove risk of them taking hold of your timber.
Has the timber received woodworm prevention treatments in the past and is this work still under guarantee?
The life cycle of woodworm
Woodworm is an umbrella term for a variety of wood boring beetles.
Woodworm lay their eggs in the warmer months, between April and September.
These are secreted in the crevices of the wood to avoid detection.
The woodworm larvae hatches after a couple of weeks.
They take 2-5 years to develop in to pupa and adult beetles, moving towards the wood’s surface as they mature.
The larvae and pupa eat the cellulose in timber, your woodwork is keeping them alive and flourishing.
Signs of a woodworm infestation
- Dead beetles beneath wood are a strong sign of a woodworm infestation.
- Live beetles trundling about on wood.
- Damaged, crumbling, weakened timber.
- Holes and tunnels, called galleries, in the timber. These are visible to humans. The holes often appear freshly bored.
- Frass – This is the professional term for the dust which is pushed out of the galleries at surface level by the beetles.
- Eggs are very difficult to see.
Speak an established and experienced woodworm prevention and woodworm treatment company to remove the risk. For example, Thames Valley Timber Treatment have over 25 years of experience in this area with a proven record.