Woodworm is the common name given to wood-boring insects that are found in our homes, attacking our timber and furniture. The key to treating a woodworm affliction in your property is to catch it early before extensive damage is caused to structures causing weakness and leading to potential collapse.
As a homeowner, you may be wondering how it’s possible to catch woodworm early, considering they are tiny little beetles. At London damp proofing company, Avant Garde, we have put together this handy guide of the signs to keep an eye out for if you are worried your property has been invaded by woodworm;
Small Exit Holes in the Wood
The most common sign of a woodworm infestation are small, often round or oval-shaped, holes in the surface of the wood. These holes might be tiny and numerous or slightly wider and spread out, depending on the occupying beetle, but tend to always have clean edges. A small number of holes is a good sign, meaning you have caught the infestation early, however, the more numerous the holes become, the larger the infestation can be.
Exit holes are the last stage in the woodworm cycle so it’s important to get timber treated as soon as possible after noticing, although keep in mind if buying antique or old furniture or wood, present exit holes could have been from a prior infestation.
Powdery Dust on Timber Surface
Around and amongst the tiny exit holes, if you notice a sawdust-like substance, known as frass – this is an excellent indication of a current infestation. Frass is the waste produced by feasting woodworm beetles and, depending on the beetle, can take a slightly different appearance or texture. If beetles are tunnelling out the bottom of a piece of furniture, you may notice the fine dust on the floor beneath the affected piece.
Although not visible from the surface of the wood, if you are able to cut the timber for a closer inspection, you’ll notice some obvious tunnels throughout the wood. The tunnels are caused by the wood-boring beetles and their lava burrowing their way through the timber.
Crumbly, Weak Wood
Another external visual sign, if your timber or furniture is affected by a woodworm infestation, you’ll soon notice the edges of your timber start to look frayed and crumbly. This is caused by the increased boring activity near the edges of the wood causing it to weaken. While this is unsightly, it can also be dangerous, leading to structural defaults that can lead to collapse.
Finally, the last visual indication of a woodworm infestation is the presence of wood-boring beetles. They are tiny insects, ranging from 3mm to 20mm in length, so may not always be obvious but homeowners should keep an eye out for a higher number of dead insects on or around timber and furniture and even live beetles exiting affected wood.
If you suspect your property is undergoing a woodworm infestation, get in contact with Avant Garde, London damp proofing company for woodworm treatment services. You can give our friendly team a call on 01923 286 438 or email us on [email protected]