Woodworm Treatments in Derby
You might not realise that you’ve got a woodworm predicament until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification and effective woodworm treatments in Derby are essential before they trigger more damage.
Different wood boring insects prefer different types of woods, which will help you to identify what kind 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 a number of signs, so the experts from Three Counties Damp and Groundworks can pick the correct Woodworm Treatments in Derby.
Dealing with a Woodworm Infestation
If not dealt with woodworm can severely damage timber – this leads to structural failure of timbers.
Our qualified, experienced surveyors will carry out a detailed inspection to assess the severity of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They’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 in-depth evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate woodworm treatment.
Signs of Woodworm
- Fresh exit holes in timber – round or oval shaped with sharp edges, the holes may look clean and fresh.
- Tunnels in the wood – often known as ‘galleries’ which are generally hard to see.
- Bore dust – (also known as frass) caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
- Weak and impaired floorboards – in severe scenarios, a foot or chair leg going through the floorboards can indicate a more serious issue.
- Eroding wood – around corners or edges to roof joists or floor boards.
- Deceased beetles – typically found close to the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
- Adult beetles – emerge from timbers between May and October.
- Eggs – these range in size depending on beetle, but all are difficult 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 development:
- Adult beetle
Adult beetles will lay their eggs in cracks and crevices in timber objects, floorboards 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 several years. As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface area to pupate and emerge as mature beetles.