Woodworm

What is Woodworm?

Woodworm is the result of wood-boring beetles' larvae feeding on the timber in your property. Early treatment and stopping woodworm before they cause irreversible harm to the timber in your property is key. Woodworm could lead to structural issues if not dealt with quickly and appropriately.

Woodworm Facts & Figures:

  • Different woodworm insects prefer different types of woods
  • The common woodworm beetle can grow up to 30mm in length
  • Woodworm eggs are not usually visible to the naked eye 
  • The amount of time larvae spend beneath the surface of timber is 4 years
  • Signs of woodworm usually consist of holes in the wood, with live infestations showing powder around the holes
  • The size of the holes varies, but are typically 1 mm - 1.5 mm in diameter for the most common household species
  • Adult beetles which emerge from the wood may also be found in the summer months
  • Typically the adult beetles lay eggs on, or just under the surface of the wood
  • The grubs then feed on the wood causing both structural and cosmetic damage
  • Before pupating and hatching as Beatles which then breed, lay eggs and repeat the process causing further damage