The woodworm is not a worm at all, but the larvae stage of several common household beetles, including the furniture beetle and the post beetle.
When larvae hatch they immediately burrow through the timber, making it very unlikely they would be seen. They’ll be hungry and your woodwork will be their only food source. Safely inside the wood they continue to tunnel and feed for up to three years.
As the larvae mature and increase in size, they bore towards the wood surface to pupate and emerge as adult beetles and the process starts all over again.
Enviroguard treat woodworm infestations in properties of all ages and sizes.
All woodworm treatments are specially designed to disrupt at least one of the lifecycle stages of the beetles. Ours target the young larvae buried in the timber.
There are four stages of woodworm development
- Adult beetle
With a lifecycle of at least 3 to 4 years there may still be some beetles that reach adulthood and emerge from the timber after treatment. This is known as 'post treatment emergence'. Any eggs that these ‘post treatment emergence’ beetles leave in cracks, crevices or old flight holes of the treated timbers will not survive, which means that the woodworm lifecycle will have been broken.
Enviroguards procedure for most woodworm infestations is to spray-treat the affected timbers with an insecticide which eliminates beetles and larvae. Treated areas can be reoccupied after as little as an hour.
Our woodworm treatments use the latest water-based, microemulsion insecticides. These are usually sprayed but can be applied by brush and injection, and as a paste or gel.
Where a deep-seated death watch beetle infestation has occurred, our woodworm experts will instead use a deeply-penetrating insecticidal gel.
Timbers which have been severely affected by a woodworm infestation may be cut away and replaced by a qualified joiner.
Guarantee certificates for all works are supplied for up to 25 years of cover after the application of insecticide.
If you require a woodworm treatments please call Enviroguard on 015395 60403