Severe woodworm

Woodworm damage

During a recent pre-purchase survey in a countryside property we came across a severe infestation of woodworm within the roof void.

Although often referred to generically as woodworm, the species was common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum) which is the most common wood-boring insect.  It can be found in structural timbers where they lay their eggs on or in the timbers and the larvae feed upon and bore through the wood leaving a network of tunnels, thus damaging and weakening the structure.

Usually, infestation is caught early enough that treatment with insecticide is sufficient to eradicate the problem. This infestation was, however, so severe in places that structural timber replacement will be required in addition to insecticidal treatment.

 

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