Wood boring insects, also known as woodworm live and lay their eggs inside house woodwork. They feed on wood material boring holes which cause not only cosmetic but structural damage as well.
24/7 Pest Control offers a comprehensive woodworm treatment in London which aims to destroying the infestation and halting the damage posed from wood boring insects. We offer:
INSPECTION: For a successful woodworm treatment, we start with a careful top-to-bottom property check. We determine the type of woodworm and the severity of the infestation in order to choose the most appropriate eradication method.
TREATMENT: Once the problem has been identified, your woodworm specialist will proceed with the proper treatment technique in order to destroy the infestation. This usually includes injecting the timber-based items in the property with a powerful repellent. Our solutions have a long-lasting residual effect and will protect your wooden materials from further problems.
PREVENTION: Treating woodworm isn’t the end of our job. Once we remove the treat, your woodworm specialist will give you some valuable tips and pointers on how to protect your property from future infestations. If you’ve booked our insured service, we will be able to visit you another two times for the next three months - free of charge - this will ensure a complete eradication of the woodworm population.
Damage type and severity are highly dependable on the variety of wood and the woodworm species infesting it. Most of the times you can spot the signs of infestations such as holes, wood dust and even tiny beetles emerging. In other cases, the wood boring insects tunnel through the centre part of the timber, causing more damage than it can appear from the outside - if untreated, woodworm can cause a great amount of destruction.
There are a few species of woodworm throughout London and the UK:
Powderpost Beetle - this common hardwood eater often causes immense harm to wooden structures because of its stealthy nature. This type of wood boring beetle is more prone to leaving traces rather than appearing on the surface because their tunnelling and larvae development are usually located under the surface, hidden from the human eye.
Deathwatch Beetle - its name comes from the ticking sound that the beetle creates to attract mates. This species prefers very damp conditions such as wet rot in the timber, the presence of such leads to a rapid development of the population. As the powderpost beetle, this wood-boring species is quite hard to notice before it causes major destruction.
Longhorn Beetle - unlike other species, only the larvae of the house longhorn beetle is attracted and actively destroys wood. Moreover, this wood-boring beetle prefers only the sapwood of softwood timbers which is the wood most often used for the making of roofs. Luckily, this species is quite rare in the UK and it’s tunnels and holes are significantly larger, making it easier to spot an infestation.
Furniture Beetle - it is the most common type of woodworm beetle and it prefers softwood timber. The larvae of this species prefer plywood over anything else but rarely causes any major structural damage.
The cost of treating woodworm varies and depends on the size the property and the type of treatment we implement. Check our prices in order to get a general idea but bear in mind that the cost may vary. You will receive an exact quote once you contact us and we calculate your individual offer.