Woodworm Treatment | You can Run but not Hide

How Rock sure building services can help?

If you notice any severe infestations with extensive damage, it is important you employ the services of a woodworm specialist. Rock sure building services is a specialist for woodworm treatment South London and their surrounding area. With rich experience and knowledge of damp and rot (both dry and wet) in timber, we are able to offer a host of timber preservation and preventative woodworm treatment to keep your building in good structural condition. This includes the treatment and elimination of wood boring insects.

How do we work? Our highly-trained technicians will correctly diagnosis the timbers in your home and whether or not the species present is active, provide a written report on our findings, suggest the needed remedial treatment where necessary and also offer a detailed estimate for the works that need to be done.

At Rock sure building services, all the chemicals we use for treatment are odorless and possess a one hour entry time. Not only that, our woodworm treatment South London is safe, relatively quick and is completed to a high standard. Our services are top-notch and offer excellent value for money. If you need a reliable woodworm treatment in Croydon and surrounding areas, do not hesitate to contact us here.

Woodworm is a common term used to refer to the larvae of all wood boring beetles. The woodworm larvae are usually a creamy white color and have curved bodies. They are hardly seen because they stay hidden munching away on timber until they are fully grown. Some of the most common wood boring beetles include common furniture beetles, deathwatch beetles, powder post beetles and house longhorn beetles.

Where can woodworm be found?

You can find woodworm in all manners of wood surfaces including furniture, roof timbers, decorative woodwork, painted wooden surfaces etc.

What attracts woodworm?

Various species of woodworm likes different wood types. Some prefer hardwoods while others prefer softwood. Generally, all wood boring beetles prefer damp woods because they are easier to chew. The dryer the wood gets the harder it becomes for them to feed on.

Diagnosing an active woodworm infestation

It can be tricky to tell whether or not you have got an active woodworm infestation. This is because the primary damage is done inside the timber and you are probably not going to see any visible traces for a long time. However, there are quite a number of indications that can help you identify a potential woodworm infestation. These may include:

  • Round little holes in your woodwork , mostly 1mm to 2mm in diameter
    • Frass (a fine, powdery dust around these holes)
    • Destroyed or weak timbers or floorings
    • Crumbly edges to joists and planks
    • Tunnels/Channels within the timber

In the summer season, you may as well detect adult wood-boring beetles rising from holes within the timber. Once a wood-boring beetle chewed its way from hiding, it automatically moves towards light. So look for active or dead beetles around a suspected woodworm infestation and on the windowsills. Although exit holes are probably the most visible sign, they do not occur until the adult beetles are ready to leave the timber, years after hatching as woodworm larvae. Therefore, it is a great practice to search for traces of frass underneath or on the back of your old furniture. It might also interest you to know that seeing holes and frass on your flooring or furniture may not imply woodworm infestation. It might simply be indications of a previous woodworm infestation which has long been inactive. If you are in doubt, it is advisable you contact a woodworm expert.

How serious is woodworm infestation?

The degree of damage due to woodworm infestation is subjected to the species, the infestation size and what is infested. Not all woodworms are dangerous. But if not dealt with for a long time, it can significantly weaken the timber, resulting in severe damage to its structure.

Preventing timber woodworm

Although it might be tricky to completely eradicate woodworm, you can absolutely make your home less appealing for woodworm by:

  • Keeping your home heated and well-ventilated
    • Keeping all wood dry
    • Sealing wood with varnish
    • Replacing infected timbers

Areas we covered
South East and West London, Croydon and sounding areas, Wallington, Upper Norwood, Dulwich, Forrest Hill, Streatham and Balham Clapham.

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