Woodworm Treatment Guide

When we discovered woodworm in one of our studios, we were a little bit confused as to how it got there in the first place. We set about to try to figure out what it was and where it came from, and then we called in the experts that could provide woodwork treatment for us. Our studio is situated in the English country side, and it is a great place to get lost in your work and feel like there is no one around you. This makes it a great creative space, but the building itself is rather old, and it has had to be patched up over the years. Recently we found that the woodworm in some of the structural beams had gotten worse, and it meant that we would have to do something about it.

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What Is Woodworm Treatment?

Woodworm is essentially the wood-boring larvae of certain types of beetles. The eggs are laid just inside the wood and when the larvae hatch, they begin burrowing inside the wood, eating the wood to fuel their growth. The woodworm insect is usually not a serious problem for the wooden structures in homes, and they are very commonly seen on farms especially in some areas, but, the construction industry has to deal with woodworm infestations. When this happens, woodworm treatment can be applied to stop the progression of woodworm, essentially halting any further infestations from happening for at least the next 10 years.

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What To Look Out For

How do you recognise a woodworm? Sometimes it is very easy to spot an outbreak of woodworm larvae, but not always. There are some other woodboring insects out there, so it can be tricky to tell the difference, however woodworm is usually quite obvious from the hundreds of tiny holes that are left in the wood as the beetles leave the wood. One of the easiest ways to look for woodworm is to check the ground leaves for wood fragments caused by the beetles, as these holes are considered as one of the key signs for woodworm. You may even see a few beetles flying around your home in late summer as the beetles have gotten out of the wood but haven’t left your home yet. These are some of the main things to be looking for if you suspect you may have woodworm in your home.


Is Woodworm A Problem?

Many people often wonder if the existing holes are a problem for the structural integrity of the wood. The truth is that it very much depends on the age of the timber, its structural function and how much woodworm it has on it. Most of the time, a bit of woodworm is ok, and in fact a lot of people like the aesthetics that it brings with it. It gives the timber a rustic and aged look that many people like to see in their home. The problem is, most people don’t want their woodwork affected house to get any more woodworm, as this is when you can have problems. For this reason, treating the wood is generally the best move if you think you could have problems down the line, as it halts any more woodworm from appearing.