We’ve all heard of the horrors of woodworm, and left unchecked, they really do cause a lot of damage. Woodworm are a family of beetle species which bore their way through wood and timber. Out in the wild this isn’t a problem. In your lovely home though, that’s a different matter!
The main reason they are so destructive, is that the adult beetles lay their eggs stealthily hidden in the cracks of wood to keep the eggs safe, as well as provide a source of food for the larvae to burrow into and feed on when they hatch.
Happily tunneling their way through your home, mostly out of sight. Not ideal is it? If you suspect you have woodworm, you’ll need expert help promptly, but here are a few pointers on what to look for:
If you’re looking for signs of woodworm in your home, here are are few indicators that you may have a woodworm infestation:
There are various types of woodworm – some more destructive than others. The severity of your woodworm infestation will depend on the size of the infestation, which species it is, and the condition of the wood in your home.
Damp wood is the perfect invitation to many species of woodworm such as the Deathwatch Beetle but common culprits such as the Powderpost Beetle love nothing more than dry, seasoned wood.
Due to their size and boring ability, the most destructive woodworm are the House Longhorn Beetle larvae. These beetles are only found in damp timber but as they can bore so quickly they can impose severe damage rapidly – especially as a single female House Longhorn Beetle can lay 200 eggs each time,
The Common Furniture Beetle which is responsible for 75% of UK woodworm infestations in the UK makes homes of soft and hard woods, and the Wood Boring Weevil infests damp timber and is commonly found in wood affected by wet rot.
As you can now see, some species of woodworm really will make a meal of the wood in your home. If you’d like some advice, or to book a site survey, consultation or no-obligation quotation for woodworm services in London, please click here or call 02089596424.