This is the general term given to wood boring insects which attack all types of timbers and particularly those weakened by fungal decay. The insects lay their eggs in crevices on the surface of the wood, they then hatch and the pupa burrow into the timber, feeding on its contents. Adult insects emerge from the timber, through flight holes, lay more eggs and recommence the life cycle which can last from one to seven years (the Death Watch Beetle has a life cycle lasting up to ten years!) If Woodworms are not treated instantly, they will fly and spread rapidly throughout any wooden structures and furniture.
Life cycle of a wood boring insect:
- Egg laid in crevices and open joints in wood.
- Grub hatches and bores into wood.
- Grub becomes apupa near surface of wood.
- Beetle bores out of wood, mates and flies off to lay eggs in new site.
Treatment for Woodworm
Firstly we’ll appoint you with a surveyor, who will assess the length of the problem, then we’ll evaluate which type of woodworm is involved and finally, if the infestation is still active. We can treat Woodworm issues in any type of property, big or small – the same goes for the amount of Woodworms.
If you have noticed that you might have a woodworm problem, you’ll notice a few signs that will appear as alarming. Whilst some woodworm problems might be small, Infestations can become an urgent problem if woodworms are left unattended too. Infestations are recognised by display of tiny holes in furniture and timber accompanied by signs of a trail of “frass” or bore dust. In order to treat a woodworm Infestation, the timber must be brushed down and cleared of any visible debris. Roof insulation must also be removed, floor coverings lifted and all furniture thoroughly checked and removed.
Water based treatment – This treatment was designed to have minimum exposure to people, pets and the environment from the chemicals used throughout treatments. This treatment is a permanent solution, our specialists in woodworm removal repairs will coat the areas infected by infestation, with a thick based water solution. This solution continues to remain within the affected layers, timber, cracks and flight holes to prevent any infestations from happening down the line. This water based treatment also helps to assist in treating fungal decay.
Fogging Treatment – This treatment was designed to specifically treat floorboards and skirting boards. All we ask is that if this was your preferred choice, that our specialists have access for the carpet to be peeled back along a single wall, followed the one floorboard that will need to be lifted. If the affected area is a main living space/working space then this would be ideal, as this treatment is designed to have an affected room back in full use within a few hours of woodworm treatment being successfully completed.
Fumigation: If our surveyor can see that a major infestation is happening, we will let you know before we begin treatment that the water based treatment and the fogging treatment, will not be successful. Woodworms taking over someone property is anybody’s worst nightmare, we can enable the fumigation treatment which will immediately, eliminate all the life stage cycles of wood boring insect infestations.
Woodworm Removal Manchester & North West
As you may have guessed, we are the experts when it comes to damp proofing, plastering, building and woodworm removal in Manchester, Greater Manchester and beyond. We aim to cover the whole of Greater Manchester, including; Bolton, Bury, Cheadle, Kearsley, Oldham, Sale, Salford, Stretford, Stockport, Swinton, Trafford and more.
If you require any type of woodworm removal or woodwork repair service in your property in the Manchester or North West areas, then simply give us a quick phone call or fill in our contact form.