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Worried that you might have a woodworm infestation in your property? Then you need to consider having a woodworm survey carried out by Damp Surveyors Ltd. Our woodworm surveys are perfect for identifying the issues and timber treatments necessary to ensure your home is free from any issues.
Why Use Damp Surveyors Ltd for a Woodworm Survey
Damp Surveyors Ltd have years of experience in identifying woodworm. Several species might infest your home. Having a trained specialist available who can spot the smallest signs and know which species it is is very important to determine the correct treatment.
Our surveyors will meticulously survey your timbers to spot the signs, noting down the damage, the cause and what repairs need to be done.
In addition to our experience, we are members of the Property Care Association and other trade bodies. Our woodworm surveyors will complete the work to the highest standards and can recommend the best treatments for your home to ensure that the wood is free from infestations and safe.
We can also advise on issues such as damp, which is a leading cause of woodworm infestation. We operate across a large area of the UK, in the counties of London, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.
If you would like a woodworm survey completed, contact us today on 0330 053 3432. Or you can use our online contact form and we can contact you back to arrange a survey when it is convenient for you.
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What Happens on a Woodworm Survey
A woodworm survey will include an inspection of all wooden structures on your property, to spot signs of the woodworm larvae and beetles. Our surveyors will also identify the species that have infested wood around your home.
If the survey reveals woodworm at your property, you will be provided with a list of options. The woodworm treatment survey will include costs for the treatment and the length of time it should take to enact.
Like any professional woodworm company, we will need at least a few hours to complete the survey. Sometimes wooden surfaces might show signs of old infestations. While this is a good sign, the timbers might be weakened by the previous infestation and they require a timber repair service.
Woodworm Survey Costs
The cost of woodworm surveys depends on the size of the home and where the survey is going to take place. If you want to look for a woodworm problem in an outbuilding and not inside, then the cost might be less than if you’re checking the whole property for signs of woodworm.
Woodworm surveys are carried out by our specialists who know how to identify the woodworm problem affecting your home.
A woodworm treatment cost is going to be less if the infestation is small and in a localised area. However, if left for too long, the cost is going to be much higher.
As qualified surveyors, we provide you with the costs for woodworm treatment and repairing structural timbers on your property. We also discuss the woodworm insecticide that is going to be used to treat your home and guide you through the risks.
Book Your Woodworm Survey Today!
Book a woodworm survey today by contacting us for free on 0330 053 3432. Or you can use our online contact form. Once sent, we can contact you back to arrange a convenient time for us to carry out a survey.
Here are some of the common FAQs that are asked about this service.
What are Woodworms?
A woodworm is a larval form of wood-boring beetles. Numerous species can cause problems, but in the UK, the most frequently seen is the common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum). The beetle larvae feed on timbers and leave small, almost pinprick holes on the wood surface.
The woodworms are off-white or yellow and they have a small brown head which has black pincers which they use to bore into your home's timber.
Woodworms are approximately 6mm in length. They move through the wood by moving their ridged bodies. As they develop they will turn into the adult beetles, which will exit the timber but will make bigger exit holes upon leaving.
Woodworms prefer to live in damp timber, as it is easier for them to digest and move in. It also provides the right humidity to help them transform into the adult beetle.
While the common furniture beetle is associated with damage to wooden furniture, it is just as much at home inside joists and floorboards. If you do have a common furniture beetle infestation, then the solutions can be relatively straightforward.
However, they aren't the only species that can infect homes. The deathwatch beetle, house longhorn beetle, and powder post better are also species that are found in the UK and can result in woodworm infestations.
Two of these, the deathwatch beetle and the house longhorn beetle are particularly troublesome. The latter of these species can cause severe infestation damage, it is also larger than other wood-boring species in the country, which can make infestations particularly damaging.
What Attracts Woodworms and Beetles?
Beetles that want to lay eggs are going to look for untreated wood that has a high moisture content. Therefore, they can often find wood outside that has been soaked by the rain which is a particularly good source. However, that isn't the only source. If there is damp timber inside the home, then they will lay their eggs inside this.
Woodworms prefer hardwoods because they have a 30% moisture content. The more moist timber is, the easier it is for the woodworm to eat and digest.
Wood which has been treated can be very challenging for the wood-boring beetles. They will avoid this. Some treatments that are used to seal wood can be very deadly to the beetles. It is important to note that wet wood this year can cause a woodworm infestation that will lead to a high number of wood-boring beetles next year.
What are the Signs of a Woodworm Infestation?
While you need a professional woodworm survey to be able to identify the woodworm infestation and the best professional woodworm treatment for your home, you can often spot the early signs of the insect to know when you need a woodworm survey carried out.
Looking out for these early signs of woodworm infestations can be a good way to prevent larger problems in the future.
Sign One: Exit Holes in Timber
The first, and most obvious signs of woodworm, are what are known as exit holes. They are small holes that are created in timber as the adult beetle escapes. These holes can vary in size, ranging from 2mm to 5mm.
If you have an active infestation, then the holes will look fresh, with limited damage around them. The problem is that exit holes can be tiny, so a small infestation will be harder to spot than a larger one where there are going to be numerous exit holes together.
Sign Two: Very Fine Sawdust
Technically you aren't seeing sawdust when you see it. What you're seeing is frass, or bore dust. This is a sign that a beetle is chewing its way through your timbers. Frass is the dist created. The dust is light in colour and looks like sawdust.
However, it isn't wood at all, it is the waste from the beetles and woodworms. And it is an important sign. The frass can help qualified surveyors to identify the species that have taken up residence in your home.
A wood-boring weevil will often leave a sticky substance behind, partly this is because of the damp timber that the wood-boring insects are eating.
Sign Three: Tunnels in Timber
If you're working on some wood, you might notice that there are tunnels within the wood when you cut into it. This is a very obvious sign that a woodworm has started to move through the wood. You might want to keep the wood to one side so the woodworm survey can look at the tunnel.
Sign Four: Damage to Timber
There are no clearer signs of woodworm than damage to wood or timber in your home. Damage can come in many forms, from weakened floorboards to skirting boards that have become very weak. However, it is important to not get confused between different types of damage.
Some damage to wood might be caused by dry rot or wet rot.
If you're not sure what the cause of the damage is, you might want to call in a timber repair service or timber survey specialist to check for all potential causes.
Sign Five: Beetles
A potential woodworm infestation could not be more clear when you see beetles in your home. You might find dead woodworm beetles near timbers that have an infestation. However, during the 'flight season' which happens between May and October, you might see live beetles emerge from timbers.
Sign Six: Knocking Sounds
The deathwatch beetle can make a large knocking noise in an active woodworm infestation. Therefore, if you hear a knocking noise at night you can't find the cause or, you might have an infestation. Other woodworm beetles like the house longhorn beetle, don't make this noise, so you can identify which species is to blame for this.
Risks of Woodworm Infestations
There are significant risks to ignoring the signs of woodworms in your home. Without professional woodworm treatment, the cost to repair the damage and rid the home of woodworms later on can be significantly higher. The longer they are in the timbers of your home, the more damage they can cause, potentially requiring your home to have the timbers replaced.
Early woodworm treatment allows for more localised application of far safer options. In addition, woodworm treatment allows for the removal of the woodworm beetle and the larvae, which can cause significant allergic reactions in humans. These wood-boring insects are also known to bite and are known to, but it is rare, cause anaphylactic shock.
If the infestation is left for too long, then the wood-boring weevil might require a more aggressive woodworm treatment. This might make your home uninhabitable for a day or more, depending on the severity of the infestation.
What Treatment Agent is Used?
There are numerous woodworm treatment options available. It will depend on the species that has infected the wood, the size of the infestation, and other factors as to what is the best way of treating woodworms on your property.
During our woodworm survey process, the available options to treat woodworms in your home are considered and presented to you.
What do I do when a survey reveals woodworm?
The best option is to seek a treatment option for the woodworm grubs. The infestation can quickly spread causing all kinds of damage and be a health risk to your family.
Will I need to leave my home during treatment?
You may need to vacate your home for a couple of days while woodworm treatment is being applied to your home. However, if you catch the infestation early enough, this is not always the case. Smaller infestations are easier to treat.
How long does a woodworm survey take?
Depending on the size of your home or property, the woodworm survey can take several hours. It is best if you set aside a day that allows you to allow proper access to the surveyor.
Can anyone get a woodworm survey?
Whether you're a landlord or a homeowner, you can ask for a woodworm infestation survey to be carried out. If a survey reveals woodworm in your property, you can then ask for treatment options and be sure that you have your building made safe.
Are there other surveys that are recommended?
If there is an infestation, you might want to consider a damp survey, these will check for what is causing the damp conditions that made the timbers perfect for an infestation. To prevent future infestations, you will need to solve the damp issues.
If you're thinking you need a woodworm survey for your home, building, or property, then contact our expert team now. We can arrange a convenient time for you to have the survey completed.