Winter offers excellent conditions for woodworm because they appreciate a moist atmosphere and the low temperatures, condensation and on-off heating during our coldest and darkest months aid them in their quest for survival.
Woodworm is a broad term for the various species of wood boring beetle and if you suspect that your property, commercial or domestic, is suffering from a woodworm infestation, it is imperative to contact professional woodworm services providers to eradicate the issue.
Woodworm are not pests that die off, unlike bees and wasps for example, so delaying woodworm treatment is counterproductive; the infestation inevitably grows and more extensive treatment is required. Wasting time is wasting money.
As woodworm live and create tunnels called galleries within timber, beams, flooring, window frames and in furniture, eating the cellulose content found naturally in the wood, they can cause severe structural damage, cause health and safety risks and their presence can affect the validity of insurance because there is frequently a duty of care incumbent on the policy holder.
A woodworm’s life cycle
Woodworm tend to lay their eggs from April until September. The females leave their eggs secreted in the crevices of timber which provides a discreet, safe environment for them to hatch and as larvae they immediately bore in to the nearest timber.
The woodworm larvae take between 2-5 years to develop in to pupa, this is the most dangerous stage for the timber, dependent on the size of the woodworm infestation signs can present themselves, apparently freshly bored and meticulously formed holes and dust called frass may be seen, but it can be difficult to locate the woodworm because they’re ensconced in their tunnels and eating.
Woodworm move towards the surface of the timber as they mature in to beetles. As beetles they leave the timber.
The beetle is 3-6mm long and has one purpose, to procreate. This task achieved, they die. After their lengthy lives in timber they spend less than two weeks as beetles. Dead beetles in a concentrated area or live ones wandering around the property are strong clues of a woodworm infestation.
Woodworm services come in two forms:
- Woodworm prevention.
- Woodworm infestation eradication.
Woodworm prevention treatments are a proactive approach and highly recommended.
When a woodworm infestation appears to have established itself in your property, professional surveys and services are essential.
DIYer’s don’t have the qualifications, experience or knowledge bases to recognise the difference between old and new woodworm infestations or how to administer treatments to suit the size of the problem. This can place humans and pets at great risk.
When a woodworm services professional like Thames Valley Timber Treatment carries out work on your timber it is guaranteed for up to 30 years. An insurance company is unlikely to view a non-specialist woodworm services treatment as adequate.
Please note: A specialist will need to know if previous woodworm infestation treatment is still under guarantee.
Contact a leading woodworm services firm at the earliest convenience to restore peace of mind, cost and time effectively.