Woodworm Treatments Blackburn
How to Identify Signs of Woodworm in Blackburn
You may not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and appropriate woodworm treatments Blackburn are vital before they cause more damage.
Different wood boring insects favor different kinds of woods, which will help you to identify what type of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, spruce and cedar while some like hardwoods such as oak, ash, sweet chestnut and mahogany. Regardless of the species, each of them will leave some signs, if you have an active woodworm infestation.
Handling a Woodworm Infestation
If not dealt with woodworm in Blackburn can seriously deteriorate timber – this leads to structural failure of timbers.
Our professional, experienced surveyors will complete a detailed inspection to assess the scope of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They’ll also determine whether the infestation is active, check for related problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need to be replaced. Based on this comprehensive evaluation they’ll then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.
Signs of Woodworm
- Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes will look clean and fresh.
- Tunnels in the wood – often known as ‘galleries’ which are often difficult to see.
- Bore dust – (also known as frass) caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
- Weakened and impaired floor boards – in serious scenarios, a foot or chair leg going through the floor can signify a more serious issue.
- Crumbling wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floor boards.
- Dead beetles – typically found close to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
- Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
- Eggs – these vary in size depending upon the beetle, but all are tough 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 periods of woodworm growth
- Adult beetle
Adult beetles will lay their eggs in cracks and crevices in timber objects, floor boards and timbers.
When larvae hatch they immediately burrow through the timber, making it very 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 several years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface area to pupate and emerge as mature beetles, a sure sign that woodworm treatments Blackburn are required.
Contact Anchor Building Services
Our woodworm treatments Blackburn carry a 30 year guarantee, if you suspect your property is infested by woodworm in Blackburn please contact us today for more information and advice.