What is Woodworm?
Woodworm is the collective name for a number of species of wood boring insects that attack wood. The term “woodworm” refers to the larval or “worm” stage of the insects’ life when they bore and eat wood.
Woodworm are seasonal pests and from May to October each year, they can be seen exiting from flooring and roof timbers in properties all across the UK. Once they have emerged, they can often be found near windows, windowsills or around loft hatches, as they are attracted to light.
Common species of woodworm include:
- Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
- Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)
Woodworm can cause serious damage to both internal & external timber as well as your home furnishings. If left untreated, they can seriously weaken timber leading to the eventual failure of the structure of a building. Damp Proofing Experts offer the following advice on identifying the pests and how to treatment options.