The term woodworm refers to various different species of wood boring beetle.
- Furniture Beetle common species of woodworm is often found in homes and buildings across the country and feeds on hardwoods and softwoods.
- Deathwatch Beetle A well-known species of woodworm, the deathwatch beetle makes a ticking noise when mating, which is where it gets the name. It’s destroyed numerous building structures over the decades and can be difficult to eradicate.
- Longhorn Beetle This beetle is a bigger problem in the south east than the rest of the UK and is attracted to soft woods. Roof timbers are an ideal nesting ground for the longhorn beetle and in warm weather it flies, causing an infestation to spread to neighbouring properties.
- Powderpost Beetle A hardwood eater, this species – if left – will completely destroy timber. If you find crumbled or broken timber, it may have been to the hands of the powderpost beetle.
- These beetles lay their eggs in cracks in the wood. After hatching the larvae then bore into and feed on the wood, weakening the structure, which can lead to significant structural and cosmetic damage.
- The most common signs of a woodworm problem are pinholes left in the wood, and small piles of wood dust on the surface.
- We can treat these destructive pests, and save your property!