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Damp-Proofing.com staff have been treating woodworm infestations for over 20 years and have safe environmental solutions to all species of woodworm.
The lifecycle of a woodworm
A woodworm initially begins as part of a batch of eggs which are usually found within small cracks, holes, joints of wood areas. After approximately five weeks they hatch and begin their journey through a property.
There are three common types of woodworm in this country these are:
The House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotropes bajulus)
- The house Longhorn Beetle is typicall y found in roof timbers.
- Attacks the sapwood of exclusively softwood timbers often resulting in structural weakness.
- The holes and tunnels of this beetle are significantly larger than the furniture beetle. Treatment for this beetle is highly specialist and Building Societies will insist on a specialist company if structural timber has been affected.
The Deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum)
- Attacks hardwood including Elm and oak.
- Is more commonly found in increased damp conditions including wet rot and timber decay.
- Treatment includes spay application, paint and preservative.
- It is highly recommended that you call in a specialist such as Damp-Proofing.com if you think you have Deathwatch Beetle.
The Furniture Beetle (Annobium punctatum) & Wharf borer
- Are recognised as they are small and brown in colour
- Small legs and unclubbed antennae
- As a collection know as woodworm.
A result of these creatures can result in…
- The furniture beetle is one of the most common to impact on homes and furniture
- The creatures enter during the summer months and after a few short weeks lay eggs and start to attack your home.
- The Wharf borer larvae do not attack sound timber, instead they will only attack timber that is damp and has started to decay. They do not bore definite sized or shaped galleries but tend to work indeterminate spaces that are plugged here and there with long torn fibres of the wood. Again infestations tend to take place in softwoods but occasionally in oak. They also thrive in pilings and in structural timber in damp cellars.
These creatures do not impact on your health however the impact on your home can be significant. This includes the furniture beetle, woodworm and wharf borer