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Woodworm Treatment

Woodworm & Timber Treatment Specialists throughout North Wales, Chester & The Wirral

Woodworm is a generic term used by timber treatment specialist companies to describe various species of beetles, the larvae of which are able to use wood as a source of food.  Wood boring beetles, like fungal decay, can if in the right conditions, cause considerable damage in houses, resulting in the weakening of structural and joinery timbers.  The result of which is having specialist woodworm treatment carried out  to resolve the problem.

The life cycle of the wood boring beetle is normally always near completion before most home owners are even aware that they have a woodworm problem in their house.  The adult woodworm beetle lays her eggs in cracks and crevices of the timber. When the eggs hatch, the woodworm larvae burrows into the wood feeding off the timber within and creating tunnels. On reaching maturity, the adult beetle emerges from the timber creating the characteristic woodworm holes and bore dust (frass).  This is when woodworm specialists are called in to carry out specialist woodworm treatment.

The various species of woodworm beetle common to this country, all have fairly similar life cycles; however the length from laying of the woodworm egg to the emergence of the wood worm beetle varies in length.  The active season of the woodworm beetle is between May and October, when is some cases during an inspection by a woodworm surveyor the wood boring beetles can be seen emerging from floor boards & roof space timbers in properties throughout the UK.

When dealing with an active infestation of woodworm, the necessity for chemical wood worm treatment or non-treatment depends upon the species of wood worm beetle and the type of timber and its moisture content.  Some beetles such as the Death Watch & Weevil prefer damp or decayed timber for its survival and in most cases chemical treatment is not required to eradicate the infestation, as controlling moisture levels and drying the timbers may be all that is necessary.

It is therefore extremely important that the correct identification of the beetle species is made during a timber survey on your house.  Only when the species of wood worm beetles and extent of attack have been accurately determined, can a reliable recommendation be made as to the need for chemical woodworm treatment.

There are three categories into which woodworm are based.

  • Specialist Wood worm Treatment usually needed.
  • Specialist Woodworm Treatment necessary only to control associated wood rot.
  • No specialist woodworm treatment needed.

Treating Woodworm

The threat from wood worm is most severe when they attack timber in buildings. Over time, the wood worm tunnels weaken the timber and if left untreated, active infestations of woodworm can lead to structural damage.
Wood worm in furniture may be treated with a range of appropriate products available from your local hardware stores. However, woodworm which is found in the structural timbers of your home should be inspected by a professional specialist damp and timber decay surveyor, who can identify the species of wood worm and recommend the correct remedial measures or woodworm treatment for that particular woodworm beetle.

Many woodworm infestations go undetected for years by which time the damage can be widespread and severe. It is important to act swiftly if you are concerned that you may have a problem with wood worm.  Employing a fully qualified CTIS timber infestation specialist surveyor will ensure you get the correct expert advice.

Woodworm Survey

Before undertaking woodworm treatment, a Damp Aid North Wales Surveyor will depending on your instructions conduct a timber survey inspecting all accessible floor timbers including staircase & roof/loft rafters to assess the extent of the infestation, the species of woodworm infestation and how far the wood worm has spread. The woodworm specialist surveyor will also check your house for associated problems such as timber decay / rot or dampness and identify if any timbers that need to be replaced. Only then can the appropriate decision be made as to whether any treatment is required.  The findings following the specialist timber survey will be set out within a specialists report which will satisfy the mortgage lenders.

Woodworm treatment

Woodworm is treated by targeting at least one stage in the development of the beetle. The infestation will be brought quickly under control, but with their long life cycles it may take more than a year or so before a wood boring beetle infestation completely dies out.

The insecticidal treatments we use are powerful but are applied to minimise exposure to people, pets and the environment. They are generally applied as a low odour, water-based fluid sprayed onto the surfaces of the structural flooring & roofing timbers.  Should wood worm treatment be necessary, then the treatment is covered by the Damp Aid North Wales long term guarantee with an optional Insured guarantee provided if required.

The Cost of Treating Woodworm

We are often asked by householders in North Wales – How much does woodworm treatment cost?

The cost of treating woodworm will vary from property to property throughout the North Wales & Chester region.  A woodworm survey (timber survey) would be required to determine the type (species) of wood worm beetle and the extent of the infestation.  It is also necessary to find out if the woodworm infestation is active or historic.  In some cases it is not necessary to treat the whole property therefore, based on these factors the woodworm treatment costs would vary with each individual property.

A Case of Mis-identification

There have been many instances where Damp Aid North Wales have been instructed to inspect an outbreak of woodworm and provide a report &  quotation for specialist woodworm treatment.  These clients have already had quotations from other damp-proofing and timber treatment companies based in the area of Chester who have offered a “free” damp and timber survey.  Upon inspection, by a Damp Aid North Wales surveyor, it has been noted that the particular beetle infestation is such, that the woodworm treatment is not required or the wood worm infestation has been of a historic nature.  In these circumstances the clients have saved hundreds of pounds by avoiding the unnecessary cost of chemical woodworm treatment to their house.  To avoid mis-identification and incorrect diagnosis, employ a fully qualified specialist damp and timber surveyor and a PCA/BWPDA member company.

If you have any questions or require a damp & timber decay report/survey on a house that you own, are thinking of buying /selling and is showing signs of woodworm, please contact us on (Wales) 01492 535305, (Chester) 01244 490341, (Wirral) 0151 959 0086, email us at:  info@dampaidnorthwales.co.uk or fill in our enquiry form.