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Woodworm Control

The interesting thing about woodworms is that they are not actually a worm. The name is actually attributed to the larvae of any number of wood boring beetles like Powder Post Beetles (Lyctus brunneus), Deathwatch Beetles (Xestobium rufovillosum) and Cottonwood Borers (Plectrodera scalator).

The adult beetles lay eggs on or just beneath the surface of wooden structures and the resulting grubs will feed on the wood, boring their way through the structure as they grow and emerge as adults later on.

The beetles burrow through the wood which causes damage to wooden structures around homes, floors and furniture. This is why woodworm inspection and treatment services may be needed on your property. In fact, a serious infestation of woodworm can cause wooden floors and wooden structures to collapse.

Woodworms prefer to live outdoors and greatly prefer damp wood, which makes the dry wood of furniture not their preferred place to live. However, they can end up indoors thanks to wooden furniture brought into the home.

Woodworm facts: One species of woodworm is from the Powder Post Beetle, which gets its name from the belief that an infestation can reduce a wooden post to a pile of powder.

Woodworm Infestation Signs

The most obvious sign that woodworms have taken root in your home are the small holes that the larvae leave in wooden structures. While the larvae are inside the wood they go through most of their life cycle and emerge as adults. When they emerge they create an exit hole and often leave a white powder, known as frass, behind, which is another sign of an infestation. You may also see live or dead beetles around infected wood.

Common Woodworm Species

There are a number of beetles that bore into wood and leave larvae that usually get classified as woodworm. These include:

  • Ambrosia beetle (Scolytinae and Platypodinae)
  • Book borer beetle (Trogium pulsatorium)
  • Common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum)
  • Deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)
  • House longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
  • Powder post beetle (Lyctinae)
  • Wharf borer (N. melanura)

Woodworm Inspections

Our Rentokil Steritech woodworm inspection and prevention experts know how to track them down, using the latest technology and methods to find woodworm in structures and furniture around your home or building.

Performing a thorough inspection is necessary to determine if the current infestation is active. If it is active, a treatment recommendation will be made. If the infestation is not active then our woodworm control experts can offer some advice on repairs to damaged structures.

The type of treatment recommended can vary depending on:

  • Species of beetle
  • Severity of the infestation
  • Type of structure infected

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