Wood Boring Beetles
Woodworm Infestation in Buildings
As most homes are constructed using timber for floors, wall and roof structures then they are susceptible to attack from wood boring beetles. If woodworm infestation takes hold, then the integral structure of the timber is compromised as the wood is slowly weakened over time. Left unchecked, this can lead to structural failure.
Timber Infestation Survey
Affordable Damp Solutions can visit your property to carry out a full survey and investigate the extent of the woodworm timber infestation within the building. Once the problem has been identified, we will explain the recommended repairs and treatment required.
With over 25 years experience in timber treatments and damp control, Affordable Damp Solutions will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quotation for the work involved. Our woodworm treatments are covered by a long, 30-year, insurance-backed guarantee.
For woodworm and timber infestation treatments in Dorset, Hampshire, Devon and Wiltshire, call Brian Hemsell on on 01202 520 893. Distance is no object – if you live further afield, please call. You will be guaranteed an affordable, quality, reliable and friendly service.
Identifying Woodworm Infestation
Unfortunately you might not realise that you have a problem with woodworm until the resulting damage becomes clearly visible – the exit bore holes and the piles of timber dust under the exit hole (called frass). Early identification and remedial action with specialist woodworm treatments is vital to stop the damage becoming worse.
Different wood boring beetles favour different types of woods, which will help you to identify what sort of woodworm is causing your problems. Some prefer softwoods like pine, cedar and spruce while others like hardwoods such as oak, ash and mahogany. Whatever the particular species, all of them will leave some tell-tale signs that you have a woodworm infestation.
Signs of Woodworm
- Adult beetles – these emerge from timbers between the months of May and October.
- Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped holes with sharp edges which look clean and fresh.
- Woodworm larvae – usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.
- Tunnels in the wood – generally known as galleries which are often hard to see.
- Bore dust (known as frass) – caused by emerging adult beetles, seen as piles of dust usually below the infested wood.
- Damaged and weak floorboards – in severe cases, a foot or chair leg going through the floors can signify a more serious problem.
- Eggs – these differ in size depending on the beetle, but all are difficult to identify with the naked eye.
- Crumbling wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
- Dead beetles – in most cases found close to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
Our experienced surveyors will complete a detailed inspection to determine the extent of any infestation problem and the type of woodworm present. We’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 extensive evaluation we can then recommend the appropriate woodworm treatment.
Woodworm treatments performed by Affordable Damp Solutions carry a 30-year, insurance-backed guarantee. Contact Brian today for more information, or free no-obligation quotation.