Woodworm Treatments Accrington
How to Identify Signs of Woodworm
You may not realise that you’ve got a woodworm problem until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and specialist woodworm treatments Accrington is essential before they trigger more harm.
Different wood boring pests favor different types of woods, which will help you to identify what sort of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while others like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Whatever the species, all of them will leave some signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
Handling a Woodworm Infestation
If not dealt with by appropriate woodworm treatments Accrington, woodworm can significantly deteriorate timber – this may lead to structural failure of timbers.
Our qualified, experienced surveyors will complete a detailed inspection to guage the scope of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They’ll also detect whether the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need to be replaced. Based on this comprehensive evaluation they can then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.
Signs of Woodworm
- Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes look clean and fresh.
- Tunnels in the wood – generally known as ‘galleries’ which are often hard to see.
- Bore dust – (also known as frass) caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
- Weak and damaged floorboards – in severe cases, a foot or chair leg going through the floors can signify a more serious problem.
- Crumbling wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
- Deceased beetles – in most cases found close to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
- Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
- Eggs – these differ in size depending on the beetle, but all are difficult to identify with the naked eye.
- Woodworm larvae – usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.
What Does a Woodworm Look Like?
There are four stages of woodworm growth
- Adult beetle
Adult beetles will lay their eggs in cracks and crevices in wood objects, floor boards and timbers.
When larvae hatch they quickly burrow through the timber, making it highly unlikely they would be seen. They’ll be hungry and your woodwork will be their only food source. Safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for many years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface to pupate and emerge as adult beetles.
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