The dangers of woodworm in your home

17 Sep 2016

The dangers of woodworm in your home

Woodworm is a common problem in the UK, so we thought we’d put together a quick post about what it is, how it is caused and the damage that can be done.

What is woodworm?

Woodworm is the term used for the wood-eating larvae of different types of beetle species. Woodworm is also the generic description used when a wooden item – for example a chair, dining room table or bedroom beams – suffers from the infestation of these larvae. They invade wood, consuming it as they grow and then leave when they have matured.

We’ve covered the different types of beetles on our specialist woodworm page – read here for more info.



How do I tell if my property is affected by woodworm?

It may be possible that your woodwork is suffering from woodworm infestation without you knowing. In some cases, it can take several years before you realise a woodworm infestation is present, with the laying of eggs and the larvae being hard to notice.

Got a new property? Don’t be fooled by the old myth that woodworm only affects old properties! Woodworm can also cause damage to buildings that have been recently constructed.

Signs of woodworm in your house include:

  • Small and round holes in the wood – holes that resemble those in a dart board / the wood around the dartboard
  • Fine and powdery dust being present around these holes (known as frass)
  • Boards and joists with crumbly edges
  • Physically seeing adult beetles emerging from the holes, or actually seeing beetles in your house / building

Can you see frass coming from the back or underside of your furniture, but no holes? This may suggest that there is active woodworm.

With all of this being said, not all of the above signs are definite proof that woodworm is present. Holes in wood and/or frass may simply suggest there was an old woodworm infestation, which is now dormant. However, if you are concerned, it is always best to speak to a specialist to be sure.

How to prevent woodworm infestation

  • Ensuring that your wood is well ventilated and that humidity levels are kept low will help prevent woodworm.
  • If the infestation has already begun, where possible, remove infested pieces of the furniture or non-structural timber. This will help to reduce the potential of the woodworm spreading throughout the rest of the wood.
  • In lofts and under ventilated areas, you can install electric flytraps. This will help to kill off emerging adult beetles in the summer months, helping to reduce the threat of infestation.

Need help with your woodworm?

At RTM services, we specialise in the treatment of woodworm in your home or building. Our work is fully guaranteed and we provide a full report and estimate of cost for you.

If you require help regarding your woodworm, you’d like a free survey and estimate or you’d simply like to chat about the issues you have, give us a call on 0800 955 8995 and we’ll be happy to help you!

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