What is Woodworm?
Woodworm is a generic term used by woodworm treatment specialists and timber treatment companies to describe various species of wood-boring insect insects, the larvae of which can use wood as a food source. Each beetle or larvae makes a round hole as it eats its way through the wood until it emerges from the other side. They feed on milled surfaces of wood, which weaken a piece of timber to such an extent that it becomes unusable. Although the most common locations for woodworm infestation are the roof spaces, external timbers, and floorboards it can also affect internal beams, joists, and sub-flooring. Woodworm can attack your furniture and timber structures all year round, as well as the larvae burrowing into and impacting your home.
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Types of Woodworms
The Common Furniture Beetle ( Anobium punctatum ) and House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) are the main woodworm species that attack timber in homes.
The family to which the furniture beetle belongs is the Anobiidae, and the same family also contains all beetles infesting dead or dying wood. The wood-boring beetles are known for causing damage to houses and buildings. They do this when they infest wood with their eggs. These insects eat wood while they are still in their larval stage and then turn into adults.
What are the signs of woodworm
Woodworm activity is not normally visible to the eye, but you may see small tunnels or visible burrows made by the woodworm boring into the surface of the wood. It can be difficult to detect a beetle infestation in a house. You might not see any evidence of it until well into the problem. Look out for tiny holes appearing on the floor and ceiling of your furniture. These could be the result of woodworm activity. Once your property has been affected by woodworm, you’re facing an expensive headache. This is why it is important to be able to tell if your home furniture or roof has been attacked by a woodworm. If you want to make sure that your home is protected for the future, you need to regularly inspect it for signs of woodworm.
Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Sussex
Wood-boring insects are a serious threat to timber buildings in all parts of the Sussex. Woodworm can quickly demolish the inside of a house, and if left untreated, it can spread fast. Some species love damp wood and damp woodpecker holes, others love wooden beams and floorboards. Woodworm is mostly found in untreated, damp softwood. This is usually within the first 10mm of any external wooden structure.
Woodworms can be devastating to a property and its value. An infestation can spread and render a structure unsaleable and threaten the structural integrity of the building if not treated. If your pets are kept out of infected areas they will reduce the risk of carrying woodworm into the rest of your property. Woodworm can spread through the walls of a building, destroying entire floors and attic spaces.
How do I know when I need to use a woodworm treatment
You’ve probably noticed small holes in your wooden furniture and flooring, which could be a sign of damage caused by woodworm infestation. As there are certain legal and health & safety rules and regulations that must be followed when treating woodworm, it’s paramount that you chose specialists in the field. Woodworm treatment is a necessary part of home maintenance. It’s often part of a standard or annual home inspections, and it’s possible to reduce the risk of serious infestations from getting out of hand.
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Should you Deal With Woodworm Yourself or call in professionals
Not sure if you have a woodworm problem? It’s always worth asking a trusted professional for help. If you have woodworm on your property you’ll need to determine which type of woodworm it is. Since there are different types of woodworm, so also each of these parasites has a specific type of timber or wood they target and feed on. Mild cases of woodworm can be treated by the homeowner through a DIY treatment. At Sussex Damp Experts, we carry out all the necessary surveys – on your behalf – and we deal with them by using the correct chemicals to eradicate any woodworm infestation.
Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Sussex
Our highly trained and experienced expert team will be on hand to discuss your damp proofing needs and provide you with a detailed plan to protect your home from the risk of damp. Our technicians are experienced in the use of different types of equipment to deal with woodworm problems, whatever they may be. From our expertise and experience, we can quickly identify the source of the woodworm and give you a fair quote to do the necessary work. At Sussex Damp Experts, we want to ensure that our customers are pleased with our services. That’s why we offer a free survey and a 10-year guarantee. We don’t charge any upfront fees for quotes, all you have to do is give us a call or Ping us an email.
Our team of experts works promptly and efficiently to ensure we not only meet but exceed your expectations. We will first survey your home to assess the damage caused and know the technique and equipment needed to get the job done. Once we have done this and answered your questions, we will provide a free quote for the proposed works, If you are happy to go ahead, we will proceed to book the job at a convenient time for you and your family.
We always wear the appropriate, protective clothing and face mask when applying woodworm treatments. We ensure that the property is well ventilated during and after application, as this will help to prevent any dangerous fumes from building up in the immediate vicinity of the woodworm treatment being used. The treated wood is then left for 48 hours before we apply any top-coat such as paint, oil or varnish.
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Why choose Sussex Damp Experts for your woodworm treatment and Timber Repair in Sussex
At Sussex Damp Experts, no job is too big or small for us, as we pride ourselves on providing the best possible solutions for all of our clients in Sussex. Our technicians are highly trained in the latest diagnostic technology and use the most advanced tools to provide services of the highest quality. Team of experts in the industry We have been in the industry since 20 We offer a 10 years guarantee on Woodworm, Rising Damp, and Wet and Dry rot treatments. Committed and customer-oriented You can book our services up to 6 months in advance but contacting us. We are available Monday to Friday
Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Sussex
Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Sussex
- Property assessment
- Knowing the type of woodworm at work
- Deciding on the right treatment approach
- Treating the property with the right chemical
- Removal and replacement of any infected or compromised timber in your home with the highest quality products.
Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Sussex
Woodworm treatment is a vital service that we provide to keep your property safe. Our Woodworm treatments can be tailored to your property and its specific needs. We only use top of the line products and equipment to ensure that the infestation is fully eliminated.
Our surveyors will search your property for any signs of the presence of woodworm and will work with you to find the best and most cost-effective way to eradicate the problem. Our business is passionate about the environment and the welfare of our customers. Therefore, we ensure only environmentally friendly products are used when eliminating woodworm. We treat your home or business as if it were our own. Licensed professionals in the industry, we only use high-quality products that you can count on to be safe for you and your family. To protect your property from woodworm spread, we offer a complete treatment service to all hard surfaces. Some of the areas that we will treat include sills, joists, beams, flooring, and wall studs. We will treat your home or workplace once with a suitable wood preservative and you will have no worries regarding woodworm attack in the future. If you have already seen evidence of woodworms, such as holes in the wood or frass, we recommend that you call us immediately on 01273 257 212 to discuss your situation with your surveyor.
Identifying and Removing Woodworms in Sussex
Woodworms can attack timber in all kinds of buildings – new and old. They are always after untreated wood structures. Woodworm can spread fast through softwood used in the construction of window and door joinery or interior furnishings. There are many popular products from different brands that have been on the market for a long time. Some are suitable for both interior, and exterior use whilst others are formulated for just interior. Once the woodworm treatment has dried, it is safe for your kids and pets to roam around and play. Please note that if based on solvent, then there might be some smell during the course of treatment.
Solvent-based products usually have a high VOC so therefore have a much stronger smell than the water-based equivalents. Restricted access for about 8 hours to the areas being treated is recommended. Also, a ventilation system for fresh air is a good idea. We work with our clients to find a date and time that is perfect for them. We are experienced in the identification and treatment of woodworm beetles. They will ensure your home remains clear of woodworm infestation. Our team uses state of the art products, procedures, and equipment for every job we complete.
How much does a woodworm treatment in Sussex cost
The cost of treating woodworms will vary depending on a number of factors. These include the type of woodworm and the extent of the infestation. A localised infestation caught early would only need a simple treatment to get rid of the problem. A widespread infestation one, however, would require a complete overhaul and replacement of key structural elements of your home. Call us on PHONEXX today for free woodworm treatment advice and information on costs!
Book your Woodworm Survey in Sussex
Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles are all forms of wood damage that can be treated by Sussex Damp Experts in Sussex at an affordable price. We‘ve worked on historic buildings, homes, commercial properties, businesses, churches, and museums. Our expertise ranges from small projects to extensive restoration regardless of the size. If your joists’, decking, furniture, or floorboards are riddled with woodworm, you need to call us today on 01273 257 212.
Is woodworm infestation a serious problem?
Can I Check If My Home Has Been Attacked By Woodworm?
You should check if a house has a woodworm before you decide if you should buy a house with a woodworm. Having experts carefully examine your property so you know exactly what the condition is, is the best way to find out. If you purchase a house that had been surveyed before you bought it and later found out it has a woodworm, then the property survey company will cover not only the existing woodworm but any future woodworm as well (if it was present at the time of the survey). It’s better if you get a pro to do the inspection. Doing it yourself is not an effective way as you won’t be able to diagnose it correctly. Woodworm can affect all kinds of homes, some new-built and some fairly old. It can live in many different types of homes and can go for years without any visible notice that they are present in a home. Is it hard to check for woodworms yourself? We are here to help you. Call us now on 01273 257 212.
What Brings The Attack Of Woodworm In The House?
Woodworm is a serious problem in homes and it is most prevalent in areas that are susceptible to damp conditions. A contained way of preventing these insects from eating into your wooden materials is to reduce the humidity level in your house.
Can Woodworms Attack My Properties During The Winter Season?
Woodworm prefers humid weather, which is why it’s less active during the winter. During the winter, woodworms migrate in search of favorable conditions. Most furniture infestations occur during this period.
Does The Woodworm Go Away?
Woodworm doesn’t just go away by itself. It can cause a lot of damage to both the type of wood it is in and the house as a whole. If you have woodworm then you should call us ASAP to help minimise its damage.
Can Woodworms Live In Dry Wood?
Woodworm will often be known to only live in damp, untreated wood. As a species, they need humidity in order to survive.
How Do You Stop Woodworm From Spreading?
To stop woodworm from spreading in your house, you should replace timber which has been seriously affected by woodworm in your property.
Is There A Way To Completely Get Rid Of Woodworm In My Home?
Woodworm treatment depends entirely on the type of beetle causing the problem. Some DIY tips for getting rid of the woodworm problem can work, but it is best you take help from a pest control company.
How Safe Is Using Boron Treatment To Solve Woodworm Infestation Issues?
Boron Ultra 12 is one of the best products that can be used for woodworm elimination as it is safe for your pets. But woodworm treatment products containing cypermethrin or Permethrin are not safe to use where there are animals or pets/.
Are There Toxic Chemicals In Your Woodworm Treatment?
Our woodworm treatment is completely non-toxic and safe to use. We recommend staying out of the treated areas for up to 8 hours