What is Woodworm
Woodworm is the wood eating larvae of many species of beetle which include Common Furniture Beetle, Deathwatch Beetle, House Longhorn Beetle, Powderpost Beetle.
The female lays her eggs in moist, nutritious timber which then produce larvae, these then hatch into woodworm which eats up and down the timber.
Woodworm typically happens between May and September but isn’t always the case.
It depends on the type of Woodworm as to how much damage can occur it can range from a series of pin sized holes to reducing the timbers structural integrity.
The most common form of woodworm beetle is the Common Furniture Beetle, these measure 2.5 – 4.5mm long with a brown ellipsoidal body, it general attacks damp softwood or plywood leaving 1 – 2 mm exit holes.
Signs of Woodworm
Woodworm is very difficult to spot the actual beetles or larvae themselves.
The best ways to identify a woodworm infestation is to :-
Look out for small holes, these are similar to the size of the holes in a dartboard around 2mm.
Fine powdery dust, this can be found around the exit holes or you may find it at the back of or underside of old furniture.
Crumbly edges to floorboards or joists.
Tunnels within the timber itself.
Any dead beetles or beetles emerging from holes in the wood itself.
How does Woodworm breed
Female woodworm starts the process by laying her eggs directly into the timber through cracks, gaps, crevices or any existing holes.
The eggs then begin to hatch and produce larvae (Woodworm)
The woodworm then begins to eat up and down the timber it can do this for up to 5 years.
Towards the end of the cycle the larvae forms a pupal chamber and turns into an adult which then eats its way through the last veneer of timber.
The adult male live between 3 and 4 days and the females live between 10 and 14 days, the males sole purpose is to mate with as many females as possible to continue the lifecycle.
Prevention of Woodworm
Woodworm can be prevented by keeping your home well heated and ventilated, woodworm prefer timber with high moisture levels.
You can test timber using a moisture meter.
Remove woodworm infested items.
Check any furniture which has been brought into the property, especially old furniture that it isn’t already infested with woodworm.
Who can help me control Woodworm?
Arrest Apest can help control your woodworm problem.
Our technicians have the experience to deal with any woodworm issues.