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.