Have you noticed tunnels and sawdust on the timber of your property? This accompanied by small round holes in your timber or weakened floorboards may point towards a woodworm problem. Richardson & Starling’s Hawick specialists will ensure that your property’s woodworm problems are eradicated. Reach out to our specialists at our Hawick branch who will be able to offer you advice or arrange a property survey.
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What Causes Woodworm?
Main causes of woodworm:
- Migrating beetles being attracted towards timber in your property
- Infested furniture being brought into the property
- Timber brought into property containing woodworm eggs which will later hatch and spread
- Infected timber being used during property construction
- Firewood brought into property containing woodworm
Woodworm can easily be accidentally introduced into a property through furniture, new timber or firewood. Damp can cause decayed wood in properties which acts as a magnet for some woodworm. People should seek to inspect the timber within their property on a regular basis to identify any potential woodworm issues as quickly as possible. Woodworm can cause immense damage to the structure of a property so property owners need to ensure they take as many steps as they can to attempt to block woodworm from infesting the timbers of their property.
How To Identify Woodworm
It is considered very difficult to identify woodworm in your property due to woodworm causing most of the damage below the surface of the timber. This obviously makes it harder for people to be able to identify that they have a woodworm problem. These are some of the signs which property owners can look out for which indicate that your property may be suffering from woodworm.
Signs of Woodworm:
- Small holes in timber where adult woodworm beetles have exited
- Visible ‘frass’ or bore dust around exiting holes
- Weakened or damaged floorboards or other timbers
- Tunnels in the timber
- Live or dead beetles surrounding the potentially affected area
Our Woodworm FAQ page goes into greater detail regarding the tell-tale signs of woodworm in your property. If you believe your property is suffering from some of these signs it is important you speak to one of our property preservation specialists at our Hawick office. Our specialists can arrange a survey of your property or can even provide you with advice.
Woodworm Treatment & Prevention
Property owners may not become aware of their property suffering from woodworm as woodworm have a three-year life cycle. Applying an insecticidal treatment to the affected areas will resolve your woodworm problem. Woodworm treatment specialists must be the people who apply the insecticide. Woodworm is unlikely to be eradicated through self-treatment. A borescope is utilised by our specialists to gain access to constricted areas. People who are administering self-treatment may not have access to such technology so will be unable to fully eradicate their woodworm problem. In comparison, Richardson & Starling’s woodworm specialists will carry out a thorough treatment and offer a 30-year transferable guarantee for your peace of mind that the woodworm infestation has been eradicated.
What our specialist will do:
- Survey the affected area in detail to determine the scale of the infestation
- Utilise technology such as a borescope to gain access to otherwise restricted areas
- Identify whether the infestation is still active or not
- Specify the most suitable treatment solution
- If required, our specialists can remove the infested timbers and replace them with new treated timber
Woodworm can cause serious damage to your property if they are not stopped in their tracks early. Once the damage from woodworm has become visible this means that the quality of the timber may have been seriously weakened affecting the structure of your property. After considerable evaluation of the infestation, our specialists will then carry out the essential treatments to rectify your woodworm issues. Our specialists will usually be able to apply a treatment solution or replace the infested timbers to rectify the problem. Don’t panic if you are a little daunted by this prospect. Every woodworm problem is different and our experienced specialists will select the most efficient and cost-effective treatment option for your property.
Our qualified rot surveyor will closely investigate the affected area and measure the scale of the problem. At Richardson and Starling, we only supply experienced surveyors who are highly trained in all types of property problems that could affect your property such as woodworm, rot or damp. This means that our surveyor will be able to complete the survey and give the appropriate remedial recommendations no matter what problem is identified.
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