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Ramsbottom Woodworm Treatment for The Silent Pest
What is Woodworm?
Woodworm is the collective name used for 4 different types of beetles and their larvae who eat through different types of wood. the most common species in the UK are:
- The Common Furniture Beetle, which can grow to from 2.5mm to 4.5mm in length. This beetle prefers softwood with some moisture and can often be found in floorboards, loft timbers and old furniture where the varnish has worn off.
- The Death Watch Beetle, which can grow to 7mm long with its larvae being anything up to 11mm. This beetle not only likes damp conditions but prefers wood with fungal decay like wet rot, and prefers hardwood timbers such as oak, ash and chestnut.
- The Longhorn Beetle has larvae that feed on sap woods like roof timbers, and although not widespread around Britain it can be found in and around Surrey.
- The Powderpost Beetle is a small beetle 1mm to 7mm long. Its larvae bore through seasoned wood like ash, oak and elm and so can often be found in furniture, sports equipment and floors made of hardwood.
Why a Woodworm Infestation is a Problem?
As woodworm are often in floorboards and ceiling structures, people do not often realise they have a woodworm infestation. Years of eating away undetected can cause serious structural damage to a home.
This may not appear to be a problem, but when you take into account that most insurance companies will not insure you for pest damage, that means that any Ramsbottom woodworm treatment and rectification of damage would not be covered under insurance.
Woodworm damage is also often found in house sales surveys and can be the cause for an aborted house sale or a drop in price.
You may think that that having completed a Ramsbottom woodworm treatment that your house would be safe. But if the treatment has left one larva intact and the right conditions prevail in your house, that larvae can hatch into a beetle, who can fly and find another place to begin the woodworm lifecycle.
How to Identify a Woodworm Infestation?
If you want to know if you need to carry out a treatment for woodworm removal in your house, or even a Ramsbottom woodworm treatment that is furniture focused, then these are the signs to look for:
- Tiny holes on the surface of the wood (these usually appear between May and October
- Small piles of wood dust (as woodworm larvae eat wood and their faeces look like little piles of dust)
As woodworm gets into some extreme places in your house, you may also want to consider a regular inspection by a pest control expert as early detection can save you money.
What Treatment for Woodworm Removal Should I Use?
Given the risks associated with a severe infestation of woodworm on your most valuable possession, your home, when considering a Ramsbottom woodworm treatment spray or other alternatives consulting a professional is perhaps your wisest option.
Here at Young's Pest Control, we can carry out an inspection and, if required, your Ramsbottom woodworm treatment sprays in a professional manner, ensuring that your family continues to live in a safe and healthy environment.