Do you suspect Woodworm?

It is that time of year! Do you suspect Woodworm in your home?

You may not identify Woodworm immediately until the resulting damage is visible. The earlier this problem can be identified the better!

Woodworm season usually begins between the months of March and April. Between these month the woodworm begins to arise from the timber where it has been hiding over the winter months. When leaving the woodworm can leave indications of its presence which allows you to identify and eradicate the problem as soon as possible. The indications can be small holes with dust deposits.

What is woodworm?

Woodworm is the larvae of all wood boring beetles. In the UK, the most common woodworm beetles are:

Common Furniture Beetle  – The most common form of woodworm beetle is the common furniture beetle. This woodworm beetle attacks softwood species of timber leaving 1-2mm exit holes. It generally prefers damp, rather than dry wood. Commonly found in Damp floorboards, damp loft timbers and old furniture.

furniture beetle

furniture beetle

Deathwatch Beetle – The Death Watch woodworm beetle is a wood boring beetle approximately 7 mm long with larvae growing up to 11mm long.  these woodborers create a tapping or ticking sound.The tale of the Deathwatch Beetles constant vigil is also born from the fear that they’re always around you watching in the distance and all you can hear is their soft ticking noise!

The Death Watch woodworm beetle much prefers very damp conditions which are improved when there is some kind of fungal decay such as wet rot in the timbers.

Death watch beetle

Death watch beetle

House Longhorn Beetle -House Longhorn woodworm beetle is now found around the world. Unlike other woodworm beetles, only the larvae of the House Longhorn beetle feeds on wood. They have shiny spots and are typically black or brown.

the Longhorn woodworm beetle is generally found outwith the UK.

longhorn beetle

longhorn beetle

Powderpost Beetle-The Powderpost woodworm beetle is typically only found in timber containing adequate starch with pores large enough for the female beetle to lay her eggs in.
All of these woodworm beetles invade and consume wood and then leave when they have reached maturity. The Powderpost woodworm beetle is very small (approx 1 to 7mm) and ranges in colour from reddish brown to black.

The larvae bore through seasoned wood such as ash, elm and oak.

These  almost always originate in timber yards, stockyards or storerooms however, the Powderpost woodworm beetle can also cause considerable damage to furniture and wood block floors.

Problems associated with woodworm typically only happen between May and September during the breeding season however, this is not always the case.

How do I identify if I have Woodworm?

It may take a while to identify Woodworm as this is not always obvious from the outset but there are some tell tale signs to help you to spot a Woodworm infestation.

  • Small round exit holes in your woodwork.
  • Powdery dust around these holes ‘Frass’.
  • Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
  • Tunnels within the timber.
  • Weak and damaged timbers or flooring.
  • Adult woodworm beetles emerging from hole within the timber.
  • Dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation.

What should  I do next if I suspect woodworm?

Contact a specialist!

Visit our Woodworm treatment page to find out how Damp Solutions can help eliminate these pests! We will provide a no obligation survey with our diagnosis and advice on how to treat this problem. We offer honest,  professional advice to all our customers. We are so confident in our damp treatments we offer a full guarantee for all work carried out.