Woodworm is the common name given to the larvae of various species of wood-boring beetles. These insects can cause significant damage to wooden structures, including furniture, flooring, and structural timbers in homes and buildings.

The first step in woodworm control is to identify the type of woodworm present. There are several different species of wood-boring beetles, and each one has its own characteristics and habits. Some types of woodworm prefer hardwoods while others prefer softwoods, and some species only infest wood that is already in a state of decay.

The most common treatment for woodworm is the application of an insecticide. This is typically applied to the surface of the affected timber, and it works by penetrating the wood and killing the insects inside. Some insecticides are available for DIY use, but for large infestations or in inaccessible areas, it is advisable to hire a professional pest control company such as ourselves.

It’s important to note that the use of pesticides should be done with proper ventilation and care to avoid any negative impact to the environment and human health.

In addition to the use of insecticides, there are also other methods of woodworm control that can be used. One of these is the use of heat treatment, which is a process of heating the affected timber to a high enough temperature to kill the insects inside. Another method is the use of cold treatment, which involves freezing the wood to kill the insects.

Preventive measures can also be taken to protect wood structures from woodworm infestations. These include proper ventilation and moisture control, which can make the environment less suitable for woodworm, and the use of wood preservatives, which can make the wood less attractive to the insects.

In summary, Woodworm are larvae of wood-boring beetles that can cause significant damage to wooden structures. Identifying the type of woodworm present is essential for proper treatment, which can be done by using insecticides, heat or cold treatment or a combination of these. Preventive measures such as proper ventilation, moisture control, and using wood preservatives can also help prevent infestations.

Pestcatcher provide professional woodworm control using the latest methods such as professional insecticides for protecting you property against woodworm. We offer a survey for a small fee and will identify if the problem is current or a historic non active infestation and provide a written report.