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What is woodworm and how is it treated

The most commonly known wood boring insect in the UK is woodworm.

Woodworm refers to the larvae of a wood boring beetle (also known as anobium punctatum or the common furniture beetle). Woodworm consumes the wood (where they can live for several years), before they pupate and the adult emerges leaving the tell-tale signs of woodworm frass (dust) trails.

The most common form of woodworm treatment is the coarse spray application of a preservative. Micro fogging woodworm treatment is also available for inaccessible areas. Treatments should only be carried out by trained woodworm treatment operative in accordance with the Property Care Association code of practice for woodworm treatment.

Please get in touch with Biocraft if you need woodworm treatment.


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What types of woodboring beetle attacks are found in homes?

The main form of insect attack in the UK comes from the beetle. We‘ve included a description of four beetles that are of interest to property owners as they’re most commonly referred to in building survey reports.

  • Woodworm – evidence of woodworm and deathwatch beetles is often found in older properties during building surveys.
  • Deathwatch beetle – common in buildings where oak has been used in construction and has subsequently been affected by damp and rot.
  • House longhorn – tends to be restricted to certain geographical areas in the UK (the South East).
  • Wood boring weevil – commonly found in rotting timber and can be misdiagnosed as woodworm. The presence of wood boring weevil indicates the presence of damp conditions and therefore risk of timber decay.

The correct identification of the type of insect that has attacked the timber and whether it’s active is a prerequisite of proper treatment. In many cases, there may be no justification for chemical woodworm treatment.

Biocraft carries out woodworm treatment and specialist timber surveys throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Oxfordshire. To arrange a survey or get a quotation, please call 0800 781 8358 or email [email protected].