Pennine preservation’s is the leading dedicated provider of industrial timber treatment. With a combination of temperature climate and our traditional building methods, the housing stock in the United Kingdom suffers some of the highest levels of risk from insect and fungal attack to structural timbers. It is considered ‘good practise’ in building design to pre-treat timber with preservatives as a lifetime precaution against Dry Rot or Woodworm.
Unfortunately, most traditional buildings, and many new buildings also, do not have the benefit of such protection and this, combined with poor maintenance, leads to many cases of timber decay being identified during housing surveys
Woodworm is the collective name for a number of species of Wood boring insects that attack wood. Common woodworm beetle
include the common wood worm beetle (Anobium punctatum) and the Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum). The term “woodworm” refers to the larval or “worm” stage of the insects’ life when they bore and eat wood.
Woodworm can attack wood within the structure of a building and even the wood within your home furnishings. If left untreated, woodworm can seriously weaken timber leading to the eventual failure of the structure of a building.
How To Identify Woodworm
Woodworm beetles and wood boring insects use wood as a food source or as a home and they often leave signs of their presence such as:
- holes or tunnels within the timber.
- bore dust caused by emerging adult beetles from the timber.
- weak and damaged flooring – in extreme cases a foot or chair leg going through the floor can indicate a more serious problem.
Did you know that woodworm are seasonal pests? From May to October each year, these pests can be seen exiting from flooring and roof timbers in properties all across the UK.
At Pennine Preservation’s we will carry out a thorough inspection to assess the extent of the woodworm problem . The surveyor will determine if the infestation is active and in need of woodworm treatment. Associated problems such as rot or damp, will also be checked.
The surveyor will identify the type of woodworm infestation, how far the infestation has spread and if any timbers may need to be replaced.
Based on this evaluation the surveyor will make recommendations for the appropriate woodworm treatment.