Woodworm and where to find it

It is the time of year (April to October) when a certain type of seasonal pest loves to play havoc with our most prized possessions, most notably our homes and their structures. 

You may know it as woodworm but that is just their blanket term and they are actually called Wood Boring Beetles.

The worrying thing about these pests is that they are very small and can affect areas that you may not pay much attention to, the loft for example. It is therefore essential that checks are carried out to make sure that they have not slipped under the household radar. Your home can potentially be made of nearly three quarters of timber and makes for wood boring beetle paradise!

To further familiarise yourself with this kind of pest and where they can be found, there are four main species of wood boring beetle. These are:

Death Watch Beetle

Loves hardwood and can be located in older buildings.

Wood Boring Weevil

This type of species can be found in decaying timber. 

Common Furniture Beetle

Responsible for three quarters of all attacks in property.

House Longhorn Beetle 

The largest beetle of the four and the most destructive. It is normally found up to no good in roofing timbers. This was the culprit for our most recent woodworm incident below where we treated the affected woodworm successfully for our very satisfied customer.

If you notice the following it is unfortunately likely that you may be subject to a woodworm problem:

1. The adult beetles will create tunnel holes and the first sign is that dust will start to gather on the timber.

2. Creaking Floorboards? Weak flooring, due to a woodworm infestation is one of the common issues.

If you feel that you may have one of these problems, we recommend that you contact SWAT 24/7 Pest Control as soon as possible so that we can use our woodworm expertise to treat the problem before it gets even worse. The last thing you want is the floor falling through and a substantially bigger bill to go with it.