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Woodworm in period properties in Berkshire

Monday, October 05, 2015

You chose your period home because you love its charm and its character. You knew that the cost to maintain a period property is high, and you expected signs of wear and tear, but one thing you may not have expected is woodworm.

woodworm beetle

Woodworm can be highly destructive, and it can destroy a period property over time. The importance of dealing with woodworm as soon as it is diagnosed then cannot be overstated, unless you want to run the risk of your home's structural support being eaten away.

What is woodworm?

Woodworm is beetle larvae, but it isn't the larvae for a specific species. All wood boring beetles, including Ambrosia beetles and common furniture beetles, evolve from woodworm.

Do I have woodworm?

First of all, it's important to find out whether your property has live woodworms. Central heating largely prevents woodworm, because it creates an environment unsuitable for these pests to survive. But extremely damp areas still have the potential to be infested.

Signs of woodworm include:

  • Sawdust around holes;
  • Powder (faeces) around holes;
  • Clean emergence around holes (as if they have been freshly drilled), and;
  • Sightings of beetles.

I've seen these signs, what should I do?

Don't panic - woodworm is treatable and professional treatments are 99.9% effective. As a short term solution, you can buy a beetle spray to limit the sighting of beetles in your home, but this doesn't kill the source, which is where woodworm specialists in Berkshire come in.

How we can help you

We are highly experienced in timber treatment, having successfully dealt with hundreds of woodworm infestations in period properties in and around Berkshire.

When you call us, we will arrange a suitable date and time to visit your property. When we arrive, we will perform a thorough survey of the timber in your home, overlooking nothing to ensure we understand the true extent of any potential infestation. We will then provide you with a report of our findings, and talk you through the solutions.

We are a Sovereign Approved Woodworm treatment specialist. Sovereign Chemicals' woodworm treatments are extremely effective, and they are suitable for period properties with timber beams and timber flooring. They do not damage timber, or its treatments, and that is why we use this chemical exclusively to deal with woodworm.

What will happen if I leave it?

If you leave woodworm to its own devices, then it will eat away at whatever wood it can find. And while it can take hundreds of years for woodworm to eat away at a building's support beam, it will start at the very outer of the wood leaving unsightly holes in the process. It's important to also consider that ants eat beetle larvae, and we have been called out to ant infestations only to find that the reason behind them is woodworm.

In addition, you can expect your home to be infested with beetles.

Call us now on 01635 250 852 to get your period property in Berkshire looked at.

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