Woodworm Infestation

The Common Furniture Beetle is responsible for 70% of all woodworm damage in the UK. This beetle attacks softwoods and hardwoods. All woodworm damage can be attributed to woodworm larvae tunnelling out from the wood. This can seriously damage the wood and may lead to timbers being renewed!

TREATMENT FOR WOODWORM INFESTATION

Once the type of beetle causing the damage has been identified it is easily treatable. Our most popular treatment is to douse affected areas with organic boron (which is a water based product) which is environmentally friendly. This kills woodworm larvae, which could otherwise lay dormant for years!!

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)

Attacks sapwood of softwoods and hardwoods. Infestations appear as round holes approximately 2mm in diameter. Sound timbers can be effectively treated using insecticide, which eradicates existing infestations and provides future protection to the timbers.

Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)

Superficially looks similar to Common furniture beetle, with holes approximately 2mm, but only attacks the sapwood of wide-pored hardwoods such as oak, elm and obeche. Normally only found in items of recently imported hardwoods.
Often found in plywood where the obeche core is attacked.

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)

Damage looks like large furniture beetle, with holes around 3mm, often with extensive tunnelling. Can create significant damage. Affected timbers are virtually always hardwoods, with some decay, commonly affecting oak. Death watch beetle will also attack softwoods if in contact with hardwood. Embedded timbers are particularly susceptible. Periodic re-treatment may be required due to large dimension timbers and some timber replacement is often required.

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TREATMENT FOR WOODWORM INFESTATION

Once the type of beetle causing the damage has been identified it is easily treatable. Our most popular treatment is to douse affected areas with organic boron (which is a water based product) which is environmentally friendly. This kills woodworm larvae, which could otherwise lay dormant for years!!

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
Attacks sapwood of softwoods and hardwoods. Infestations appear as round holes approximately 2mm in diameter. Sound timbers can be effectively treated using insecticide, which eradicates existing infestations and provides future protection to the timbers.

 

Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)
Superficially looks similar to Common furniture beetle, with holes approximately 2mm, but only attacks the sapwood of wide-pored hardwoods such as oak, elm and obeche. Normally only found in items of recently imported hardwoods.

Often found in plywood where the obeche core is attacked.

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)
Damage looks like large furniture beetle, with holes around 3mm, often with extensive tunnelling. Can create significant damage. Affected timbers are virtually always hardwoods, with some decay, commonly affecting oak. Death watch beetle will also attack softwoods if in contact with hardwood. Embedded timbers are particularly susceptible.  Periodic re-treatment may be required due to large dimension timbers and some timber replacement is often required.