How to treat woodworm
Not all woodworm species are the same, and you’ll therefore require different treatment methods when dealing with them. Identifying the species of woodworm in your home can be a great challenge for the untrained eye, so we highly recommend you consult a specialist before employing any DIY woodworm treatments.
We are trained professionals in dealing with all species of woodworm infestation, so don't hesitate to contact us if you require assistance with your woodworm problem in Dorset or Hampshire.
Types of woodworm
Common Furniture Beetle
This species accounts for around 75% of all woodworm cases and damages both soft and hardwoods, particularly old furniture and rafters. The beetle is around 3-4mm long and is chocolate brown in colour. It is treatable using an application of Permethrin or boron-based woodworm treatment to affected and nearby timbers.
Death Watch Beetle
This species targets hardwoods such as oak and ash and is larger than the common furniture beetle, therefore often causing more damage. The beetle is around 5-7mm long and of a greyish, mottled colouring and gets its name from the ticking and tapping sound made by adults.
They are often found in wood affected by fungal decay like wet rot or dry rot and occur deep within timbers, meaning an injection of woodworm spray into the exit holes is recommended alongside coating. Filling the wood with woodworm gel or paste is also an effective method, though it is highly recommended that you double check with a professional before proceeding or request assistance.
House Longhorn Beetle
This species only targets softwood and roof timbers and is mostly found in the South of England. The damage caused by this beetle can be rapid and very severe in nature, so professional assistance is always recommended when dealing with this type of woodworm. This beetle can reach 25mm long, is black in colouring with long antennae and its exit holes are ovular and up to 9mm tall and 7mm wide.
Once your woodworm infestation has been dealt with, it’s important to take actions to ensure that it is unlikely to happen again. Eliminating any sources of damp in your home to make your timber less appealing for woodworm and treating wooden surfaces with paints or varnishes can help to protect them from further infection.
Are you struggling with a woodworm problem in your property? We are experts in the identification and prescription of effective woodworm treatments that will help rid you of the infestation. For woodworm treatment in Dorset or Hampshire, contact us on 01202 737739.