Woodworm treatment in Cambridge

25 May 2017

So you’ve found the house of your dreams in the Cambridge area but the survey has come back with the words ‘evidence of wood boring insects’. What do you do? Should you pull out of the sale, look for something else or is woodworm not the demon it’s made out to be?  

What is woodworm?
Woodworm actually refers to the larvae of any wood-boring beetle. The most common beetles in the UK are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) and the Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum).

Beetles usually prefer damp conditions, so your survey may also highlight damp problems. The beetles lay their eggs in a nice damp spot. Their larvae then spend 3-5 years burrowing around beneath the surface of the wood eating their way through the timbers until they pupate and hatch into the open air through the telltale “flight holes”.  

How to spot signs of woodworm
The presence of holes in your woodwork actually indicates that there has been an infestation, not that there is still an infestation. Lookout for the following to indicate you have an ongoing infestation:
•    A fine powdery dust coming out of the holes.
•    Adult beetles emerging from the holes (particularly April-September when they breed) or present in your property.
•    You find larvae if you scratch away the surface of the wood.  

How is it treated?
Treatment depends on which type of beetle you have. The Common Furniture Beetle doesn’t usually cause structural weakening and so treatment is quite straightforward and there are DIY treatments on the market. Deathwatch Beetles burrow deep into the wood and can cause extensive damage and should only be treated by professionals. 

Unless you are 100% sure of the type of beetle you have in your property it’s always advisable to get advice from a professional, before starting any treatment as there as various treatments for various timbers. 

Deathwatch Beetles burrow deep into the wood and can cause extensive damage and should only be treated by professionals. In our extensive experience pastes, gels, water based sprays and fogging work more effectively on these beetles due to the types of timbers they are usually found in. 

How to prevent woodworm returning
Once the woodwork has been treated there are some simple actions that can help prevent a re-infestation.  The first step is to remove and replace any affected wood to avoid the woodworm spreading. Then keep humidity levels low and ensure good ventilation.

At Abate we offer long term 10,12, or 20-year insurance backed guarantees on our work, protecting you and future owners of the property.

About Abate Pest Management Services
We have the specialist knowledge and skill to deal with any woodworm problem.

Our skilled surveyors can carry out a thorough free site survey to establish the pest, the level of the problem and the recommended treatment. If you require a written survey report for example, if you’re buying a property or for insurance reasons we can also provide this for a charge.  We will not charge for the report should we carry out the work.

Call us on 01223 631765 or 0800 980 9767 for a free survey or contact us here.  

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