Woodworm Treatment for your property

Woodworm usually enters your property by flying in, or from other timber that has already been infested. Once Woodworm has gained access it can cause structural damage and irreversible loss.

The most common wood boring pest (Anobium Punctatum) can infest all kinds of timber including structural, furniture, painted and varnished.

Damp Stop will arrange for a surveyor to carry out a thorough inspection of your property to determine the best treatment.

We use many different treatments for timber infestation. We will determine the most effective and safest for your property to ensure we eradicate woodworm. On completion of remedial works our 30 year guarantee is in place to protect your property.

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Information on Woodworm…

Woodworm is a collective name for a species of wood boring insects that attack timber.

‘Woodworm’ is a term that refers to the larval stage of an insects’ life. This is when they bore and eat wood. Woodworm, if left untreated can weaken timber, leading to the failure building structure.

Woodworm are seasonal pests that are normally be seen exiting flooring and roof timbers from May to October.

Damp Stop are qualified timber treatment specialists and will get rid of Woodworm.

The four main species of woodworm are:

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)

The most common of all woodworm species responsible for around 75% of all attacks in property.

House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotropes Bajulus)

Normally found in roofing timbers of the southern Home Counties this beetle is the largest and most damaging.

It is too cold in the North East of England for this beetle to thrive.

Wood Boring Weevil (Euophryum Confine)

Normally found in damp and decayed timber, usually associated with the Wet Rot Fungus. This beetle is often mis-identified as Common Furniture Beetle by inexperienced surveyors.

Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium Rufovillosum)

Prefers hardwood and causes damage to old buildings such as churches. Not normally seen in Scotland.

It is commonly thought that the name ‘Death Watch’ derives from the faint sound that could be heard from the beetle at quiet times in a church i.e. during a funeral. Many years ago the beetle was given this nickname. Whether or not this is true we will never know, however it is certainly an interesting anecdote.

Woodworm beetles and wood boring insects use wood as a food source or as a home. They often leave signs of their presence such as:

  •    Holes or tunnels within the timber.
  •    Bore dust caused by emerging adult beetles from the timber.
  •    Weak and damaged flooring – in extreme cases complete destruction of floors or finishing timbers

Woodworm Survey

Our surveyor will carry out a thorough inspection of your property to assess the extent of any Woodworm problem.

It is essential that the type of infestation is correctly diagnosed so that the correct course of treatment is carried out.

Timbers must be inspected by a professional qualified surveyor.

Woodworm Treatment

Treatment of wood boring insects involves interrupting their life cycle. This varies from one beetle to another.

There are various types of treatment that can be implemented to ensure successful eradication of Woodworm in a property.

On completion Damp Stop will provide any remedial works necessary.

The recommended treatment will ensure minimal impact to your property and the environment. All our products have been independently tested and approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


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