Woodworm Treatment Services in The Kings Lynn Area
If you have woodworm in your home or at your business then you have a problem that is not going to go away without specialist assistance. Pest Professionals in Kings Lynn can assist to provide you with instant guidance and help if you have woodoworm issues in two very simple and effective steps:
We will help you to assess your problem and give you immediate, honest and FREE advice … without obligation
IF REQUIRED, WE ARRANGE A VISIT or ON-SITE SURVEY FOR YOU
Your local Pest Professional will come round to sort the problem out swiftly and without fuss
The no obligation phone consultation applies to both residential and business customers in the Kings Lynn region. No woodworm or timber job is too large or too small for us to look into. Where appropriate we are able to advise on any immediate steps needed to safeguard your health, property or possessions prior to a visit. If a visit is required we let you know if there will be a call out cost and also advise on the likely 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 increased the threat that timber pests pose. If left without treatment, these insects will cause considerable damage, which can ultimately result in structural failure of the building.
Although the adults can fly, woodworm is typically brought into a home for the first time through the purchase of previously owned furniture and can of course 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 many 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 once they hatch the grubs bore straight into the wood – leaving no trace until they emerge as beetles three years or so later, usually 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 UNITED KINGDOM.
The initial sign of woodworm many people see is precise, rounded holes about 2mm across in wooden surfaces, often found with by small piles of wood dust beneath them.
New holes show clean white wood inside. Although the holes are made by emerging adult beetles that are therefore no longer a direct risk to the structure, larvae may nonetheless be tunnelling away inside the wood. Brittle edges to boards and to joists are also often a good indication 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 affected and need rescuing, a specialist woodworm treatment technique will definitely be required. 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 experienced Pest Professionals will carry out an initial survey to determine the type of timber pest involved and the level 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.
Types of Timber Pests in the UK
The Furniture Beetle
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 like to eat older, hardwood structural timbers and can reside 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 requires a diet of starch present in particular 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 around waterways.
If you need sound advice or rapid solutions to woodworm or timber pest problems anywhere in Kings Lynn or the local towns and villages of North Norfolk – speak to us.