postheadericon You Must Know These 10 Things If You Have A Woodworm Issue

  • Woodworm are wood boring beetles in their juvenile life stages. The most common species in the UK are the Common Furniture Beetle and the Death Watch Beetle.


  • Autumn, winter and spring are the seasons in which woodworm are prevalent. They enjoy the varying levels of moisture which lower temperatures, heating being turned on and off and condensation present. As other pests hibernate, or their population is depleted by the cold, woodworm pose one of the greatest risks to timber, from joists and beams to loft spaces, window frames, floorboards, stairs and furniture.


  • They don’t fly but they can enter premises by being blown in, perhaps through a doorway or open window close to trees, to infest the timber which presents a secluded home with a ready food supply. They consume the natural cellulose content in wood to survive, creating tunnels called galleries as they move further inwards.


  • Without woodworm treatment timber loses its integrity. The danger should not be underestimated. Structural strength, health and safety and insurance issues should be expected when no action is taken to kill woodworm.


  • Woodworm treatment should always be carried out by professionally qualified company specialists like those at the highly reputable Thames Valley Timber Treatment to satisfy authorities. They utilise licensed woodworm treatments which have guarantees of 20-30 years. Over the counter treatments do not offer the same benefits.


  • The HSE and Environment Agency approves the Wood Protection Association’s code of practice.  Products used for timber treatments have been independently tested and approved by the HSE and environmental considerations have been evaluated.


  • Pesticides and insecticides used during woodworm treatments are also known as Insect Growth Regulators. The chemicals halt the life and reproduction potential. To kill woodworm as juveniles means that they cannot mature and mate. The population decreases and the infestation ceases.


  • The woodworm’s lifespan illustrates why they shouldn’t be ignored.

10-14 days after the mother lays eggs in the crevices of wood the larvae hatch, they burrow into the wood and remain there, tunnelling and consuming for between 2 to 5 years as they develop from larvae to pupa and beetles.

As beetles they leave the timber with one aim, to mate. They die once they achieve this, so adults have approximately 2 weeks or less to live.


  • Woodworm don’t migrate from timber to timber, so it is probable that if you discover woodworm in the loft this does not mean that timbers in other areas are affected. Similarly, if an old or second-hand piece of furniture is placed in a space, the woodworm, if there are any present, will not move in to the other woodwork; when the nutrition in the timber they’re infesting is sufficient there is no desire to relocate.


  • Fresh looking holes, tunnels, dust (frass,) live and dead beetles are key indicators of a woodworm infestation. However, the holes from a previous infestation also appear newly produced.


Take advantage of a specialist’s knowledge and skills to evaluate and treat woodworm.

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