Woodworm – Why Your Home Needs Protecting

The name ‘woodworm’ should provide sufficient clues as to what it consumes, though many homeowners are still not up-to-date on ways to keep their properties free of wood-eating larvae that can cause serious damage to a building and place the entire structure at risk of destabilisation.


There are numerous species of woodworms, as this is a generic name that’s given to wood-eating larvae of numerous beetle species. In the UK, a variety of common softwoods, like pine, as well as hardwoods such as ash, beech, oak and walnut are favourites, so not only is the structure of your home at risk of these destructive little critters, but your furniture as well.

As there are many species of woodworms, the type of wood-eating insects that are attracted to your property will depend on the timbers used. Some larvae are more difficult to treat than others, plus they need to be identified beforehand so the right treatment can be used, so if you need woodworm treatment in Peterborough speak to a specialist.

They’ll come to your home, inspect any infected areas, determine whether they’re active or dormant and then determine the best treatment to use. The most common treatment is an insecticide in a gel or paste form, though there are many different treatments that can be used to treat woodworm. Depending on the severity of the infestation, more than one treatment may be needed, though generally a single application of the right insecticide is enough to keep woodworms at bay.

When discussing insecticides, ensure the products that the woodworm specialists use are safe and environmentally friendly. While most are, there are some that contain a lot of nasty chemicals that you simply don’t want in your home, no matter how bad a woodworm infestation may be.

How Much Damage Can Woodworms Cause?

The extent of the damage that woodworms can cause is dependent on a variety of factors, which include the species of beetle and the woods it targets. These include:

Common Furniture Beetle – This common beetle favours softwoods (conifers) and hardwoods. If not treated, can potentially cause a building to collapse, though this is very rare.

Powderpost Beetle – Its preferred timbers are wide-pored hardwood such as ash, elm and oak. Fortunately, it’s only attracted to new timbers, however, it can cause a lot of damage if left untreated.

House Longhorn Beetle – Only attracted to softwood timbers (softwoods are used extensively as roof timbers), house longhorn beetle infestations can cause serious damage to property.

Essentially, the potential damage that woodworms can cause relates to how long the infestation goes untreated, as the longer woodworms are left to gorge themselves on the timbers of homes, the greater the damage will be.

Woodworms are capable of inflicting great damage on a residential property, like your home. Therefore, if you notice an infestation of woodworms, the wood-eating larvae of common beetles like those discussed above, you need to call a specialist immediately and have them inspect your home and apply a suitable, environmentally friendly, insecticide product.

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