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Wood Boring Insects (Woodworm)
The name woodworm is the commonly used generic term for a number of species of wood boring insects. These lay their eggs on or in timber and their larvae feed upon and bore through the wood leaving a network of tunnels, thus damaging and weakening the integrity of the timber. If the infestation is not treated, due to the migratory nature of the beetle, they may travel to other areas of your home. Again, this is a problem present in a lot of homes throughout the country. Different species spices of beetle favour different conditions. The rule of thumb is if the timbers in your home are untreated and /or you have a damp problem the chances are, at some stage, you will suffer from a wood boring insect attack.
Identifying Wood Boring Insects
Damage by beetles is identifiable by a peppering of tiny holes in the surface of the wood. These holes are emergence holes, meaning that the adult beetle has emerged from and left the timber after spending its time tunnelling through it as a grub. It attacks timber leaving 1-2mm exit holes. The beetle lays its eggs on the timber and the grubs do the damage. With ‘active’ woodworm you will find a scattering of tiny dust piles on the timber. This dust is called ‘frass’. If you have any questions or you think you have located an active infestation please no not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your options and to arrange a survey of your home.
The true Dry Rot fungus is the more serious of the wood destroying fungi. It causes extensive damage to structural timbers if not treated in time. It will spread undetected behind wall plaster and even through thick walls in search of timber to attack. Timber affected by dry rot is brown, dry and brittle with cube shaped (cuboidal) fractures and can be crumbled by hand. The fruiting body (or fungus/mushroom growth) gives off millions of spores which resembles red dust and is often mistaken for brick dust. Of all the fungal attacks this should not be delayed. It will continue to spread from floor to floor and room to room destroying all timber in its wake. Call us today for advice, surveys & quotations.