- Woodworm is the name given to wood-eating larvae.
- Signs of woodworm are usually small holes of 1mm – 1.5mm diameter dotted throughout the timber.
- It is common to see tiny amounts of powder (known as frass, which happens to be the faeces produced by the woodworm) around the holes. The size of these depends on the size of the beetle.
- It is a multiplying problem as the adult beetles lay eggs under the surface of the timber. The new grubs feed and soon become beetles, which once again reproduce, and the cycle continues. The result of the infestation is structural damage.
- These beetles tend to favour timber with high moisture content and suggests your home also suffers from a damp-related problem.
- We have recently seen a case of woodworm on old timber beams in a listed property where the roof space had inadequate ventilation.
If you suspect your property is suffering from any form of timber decay, then a thorough assessment is important. We urge you not to delay and book an appointment with a recommended specialist immediately. Once timber decay starts, it sets in and spreads scarily fast. Once an assessment has taken place, correct recommendations and a specification for remedial repair along with costings provided. We will also advise you if we believe your insurance should be covering for the remedial works and assist you in placing your claim.
If you have any questions about timber decay please do not hesitate to ask.