Woodworm is the generic term used to commonly describe the larvae stage of wood boring beetles. With timber accounting for up to 70% of the fabric of a house, woodworm can become a very common problem.
Common furniture beetle (anobium punctatum) can affect timber anywhere – but it usually attacks soft wood and likes a small amount of moisture in the timber. The adult beetle lays its eggs in crevices and between timber joints the larvae hatch out and are too small to see the entry hole. The larvae bore up and down the grain of the timber creating frass in the tunnels they bore. They digest the starch in the timber converting this to sugars. The period of larvae development prior to metamorphosis into the adult beetle can be from 2 - 4 years.
As the temperature in the environment warms towards summer the larvae bore their way to just below the surface of the timber and create a chamber into which the larvae then change into the adult winged beetle. The beetle then gnaws its way out of the timber leaving a round to ovoid shape hole 2 - 3 mm wide with sharp cleanly cut edges and the frass created from the boring of the hole and tunnel leading to it will have spilled especially if the hole is on the underside of the timber.
The adult beetles crawl or fly towards the light or white surface seek a mate lay eggs and repeat the life cycle. Successive life cycles can if not interrupted by appropriate treatment can cause considerable damage and eventual collapse of timbers.
Floorboards are removed as required to gain access to joists and undersides of boards.
Timber should be free of cobwebs and dust wherever possible.
When structural integrity of timber cannot be restored by treatment and we will advise where necessary any timber replacement.
Health and safety advice will be given prior to treatment.
All our products used to treat insect attacks and to preserve and treat existing timbers are manufactured by Triton. The products are applied either using a spray or injection as advised by our surveyor.
Payment plans are now available on all damp proofing work. If you would like more information on this, please contact us using the provided details in our website.
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