Woodworm Treatments Burnley
How to Identify Signs of Woodworm in Burnley
You may not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and effective woodworm treatments Burnley are important before they cause more damage.
Different wood boring insects favor different kinds of woods, which will help you to distinguish 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. No matter 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 can seriously deteriorate timber – this may lead to structural failure of timbers.
Our specialist, experienced surveyors will conduct a thorough inspection to assess the severity of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They will also detect whether the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need replacing. Based on this in-depth evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.
Signs of Woodworm
- Fresh exit holes in timber are a sure sign that woodworm treatments Burnley will be required- round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes may look fresh and clean.
- Tunnels in the wood – generally known as ‘galleries’ which are often hard to see.
- Bore dust – (often known as frass) caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
- Weak and broken floor boards – in serious circumstances, 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 floor boards.
- Dead beetles – ordinarily found close to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
- Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
- Eggs – these differ in size dependant upon the beetle, but all are hard to recognize with the human 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 wooden objects, floor boards and timbers.
When larvae hatch they instantly burrow through the timber, making it highly unlikely they’d be seen. They’ll be hungry and your woodwork will be their only source of food. Safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for a few years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface area to pupate and emerge as mature beetles.
Contact Anchor Building Services
Our woodworm treatments Burnley carry a 30 year guarantee, we also offer Westminster bonded insurance backed guarantees for the same period.