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Woodworm Treatments in Nottingham

How to Identify Signs of Woodworm

You may not realise that you have a woodworm problem until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and specialist woodworm treatments in Nottingham is essential before they cause more harm.

Different wood boring insects prefer different types 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.

Signs of Woodworm

  • Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes look fresh and clean.
  • Tunnels in the wood – also 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.
  • Weakened and broken floor boards – in severe circumstances, a foot or chair leg going through the floor can signify a more serious problem.
  • Eroding wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
  • Dead beetles – typically found near to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
  • Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
  • Eggs – these range in size dependant upon the beetle, but all are tough to recognize 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 development

  • Egg
  • Larva
  • Pupa
  • Adult beetle

Adult beetles will lay their eggs in crevices and cracks in timber objects, floor boards and timbers.When larvae hatch they immediately burrow through the timber, making it highly unlikely they’d 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 a few years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface to pupate and emerge as mature beetles.

Handling a Woodworm Infestation

If not dealt with woodworm can significantly deteriorate timber – this might lead to structural failure of timbers.

Our qualified, experienced surveyors will conduct a thorough inspection to assess the severity of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They will also determine if 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 detailed evaluation they’ll then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.

Handling a Woodworm Infestation

If not dealt with by appropriate woodworm treatments in Nottingham, woodworm can significantly deteriorate timber – this may lead to structural failure of timbers.

Our qualified, experienced surveyors will conduct a thorough inspection to assess the severity of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They will also determine if 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 detailed evaluation they’ll then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.

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