What is Woodworm?

Woodworm is a general term used to describe several species of wood boring beetle. The most common species found in the UK is the Common Furniture Beetle. The term ‘worm’ is taken from the process of when a beetle lays eggs just under the surface of the timber, which then hatch releasing larvae that burrow into the wood. This burrowing can take up to 5 years and results in the weakening of structural timbers. In extreme cases this causes the complete failure of such timbers.

Evidence of Woodworm

Typically, a sign of inactive woodworm usually consists of small holes, crumbling wood in the affected timber. These holes are typically 1 to 1.5 mm in diameter. However, a sign of an active case can be powder deposits that look like saw dust and are known as ‘Frass’.

Often an environment with an excessive moisture content such as a poorly ventilated roof space, basement, or another enclosed space can be susceptible to an attack of these beetles even within an otherwise dry building.

1. Cubical cracking or checking on the surface.

The ’Common Furniture Beetle’ (Anobium Punctatum)

2. Hyphae. Which can resemble grey cobwebs.

Timber affected by ‘Woodworm’

How Woodworm should be treated

You may be tempted to try and treat this yourself by buying and applying a treatment that seems to tick the box. Rather than putting your home or a building you own at risk the decision you should make is to contact Premier Preservation Scotland Ltd. We will carry out an extensive survey to identify all affected areas then advise on the best treatment along with possible remedial works.

As an approved Sovereign contractor, we have access to a large range of treatments. These specialised woodworm treatments along with any necessary remedial works are carefully carried out by our experienced technicians and joinery team.

All works undertaken by Premier Preservation Scotland Ltd are covered by an insurance backed 10-year guarantee, giving you additional peace of mind.

What our customers say ...

Andrew was a pleasure to deal with. He carried out preventative woodworm treatment on our cottage. He was very reasonably priced and reliable. We would recommend without reservation.
Ann, Portknockie

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