Woodworm Treatment Services in The Nottingham Area
If you have woodworm in your property or at your business then you have an issue that is not going to go away without specialist assistance. Pest Professionals in Nottingham can assist to provide you with immediate advice and help if you have woodoworm problems in two very easy and effective stages:
We will help you to evaluate your problem and give you immediate, honest and TOTALLY FREE advice … without obligation
IF NEEDED, WE ARRANGE A VISIT or ON-SITE SURVEY FOR YOU
Your local Pest Professional will come round to sort the problem out swiftly and with no fuss
The no obligation phone consultation applies to both domestic and business customers in the Nottingham area. No woodworm or timber job is too big or too small for us to look at. Where appropriate we are able to advise on any immediate action called for to safeguard your health, property or belongings prior to a visit. If a visit is required we let you know if there will be a call out cost and advise on the probable rates of any timber or woodworm treatment should it be required.
Treatment of Woodworm and Timber Pests
The extensive use of timber in modern structural applications (floor joists, roof purlins, floorboards, rafters etc.) has intensified the risk that timber pests pose. If left without treatment, these insects will cause significant damage, which can ultimately bring about structural failure of the building.
Although the adults can fly, woodworm is commonly brought into a property for the first time through the purchase of second hand furniture pieces and can certainly also cause significant damage to expensive wooden furniture, which may be antique.
Woodworm is in fact not a specific species of timber pest, but a generic term for the larval stage of a number of timber damaging beetles.
The Furniture Beetle, a small brown insect which is about 3mm to 5mm in length and flies quite readily, is the commonest. The Furniture Beetle lays its eggs on rough, unpolished wood and as soon as they hatch the grubs bore straight into the wood – leaving no trace until they emerge as beetles three years or so later, normally between May and September. Longhorn, Powder Post, Wharf Borer and Death Watch Beetles, the latter of which only infests large, old, hardwood beams, all have a foothold in the U.K.
The first sign of woodworm the majority of people see is neat, rounded holes around 2mm across in timber surfaces, often found with by small piles of wood dust below them.
Fresh holes show clean white wood within. Although the holes are made by emerging adult beetles that are therefore no longer a direct risk to the structure, larvae may still be tunnelling away inside the wood. Brittle edges to boards and to joists are also often a good indicator of their inhabitance and the need for woodworm control measures.
In cases where valued, rare and expensive pieces of wooden furniture, musical instruments, decorative or structural woodwork are impacted and need rescuing, a specialist woodworm treatment approach will definitely be needed. Woodworm in furniture can be cured with the application of the correct type of proprietary woodworm killer, with fluid injected into key flight holes. Floorboards should be lifted to get at the undersides and the joists.
If you have woodworm you will need to get rid of them. One of our skilled Pest Professionals will perform an initial survey to establish the type of timber pest involved and the extent of the problem, before advising on the appropriate treatment. The good news is that on evaluation an appropriate treatment can eliminate woodworm entirely. In the event of a heavy or hard to eradicate infestation, we can also advise on specialist heat treatment approach.
Varieties of Timber Pests in the UK
The Furniture Beetle
Easily the most prevalent timber pest in the UK. Damages furniture, musical instruments, decorative woodwork etc. Larvae live for 3-5 years in the wood.
Timber pest larvae bore deep into the wood and emerge from May to September. They can be burrowing in the wood for many years.
Death Watch Beetle
Dark reddish brown. Grubs prefer to eat older, hardwood structural timbers and can live in them for ten years.
House Longhorn Beetle
Black/brown beetle not native to UK and primarily found in SE England. Infests seasoned and partly seasoned softwoods like pine.
Powder Post Beetle
Red/brown beetle that needs a diet of starch present in certain hardwoods. Can be a real problem in timber yards.
Wharf Borer Beetle
A brown beetle about 1cm long which inhabits decayed wet timber. Adults commonly found close to waterways.
If you need sound advice or swift solutions to woodworm or timber pest problems anywhere in Nottingham or the local towns and villages – speak to us.