Woodworms aren’t very widespread in the United Kingdom, but an infestation can be very destructive. Woodworm is the term for the larvae stage of a number of different species of beetle, the most common of which is the Common Furniture Beetle. These pest insects lay their eggs inside of damp or rotten wood. When these eggs hatch, small larvae begin to consume the wood around them, which is what causes the holes in wood. The exit holes are created as the larvae transforms into an adult beetle which then leaves the wood. The beetles are capable of flying and will frequently leave the area to breed. However, they may return to lay eggs. In extreme cases, these insects can damage structural elements of a building which can have severe effects.
Signs of a woodworm infestation include cracking noises coming from wood in the home or furniture, as well as the visual signs which are the exit holes located in wood and wood dust often observed underneath infested wood. Woodworm infestations should be controlled by skilled pest control specialists. It could also be necessary to have a structural survey completed as woodworms are generally a sign of damp. Even if the woodworms have not caused serious damage themselves, the damp or rotten wood that they live in might cause a structural problem in the building.
Woodworm treatment is reasonably straightforward once the affected area has been properly located. The wood can be coated with a liquid or lacquer which will stop any larvae inside from exiting and suffocate them, or for more substantial infestations fumigation is often used to ensure that the pests are successfully controlled.
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