If left untreated, Woodworm can be a serious problem causing damage to the structural integrity of the home. It is also a fairly common problem, affecting a large number of properties across the UK.
Firstly, it is important to establish what the signs of a woodworm infestation are. Although it is possible to check for woodworm yourself, it is recommended that you have a qualified surveyor inspect the property. If checking yourself, especially in a loft, you should wear a dusk mask and gloves. The most obvious sign of woodworm is the exit holes they leave in the timber. These are usually only a few millimetres in diameter, but vary depending on the species of bug. It is often misconceived that exit holes mean the problem has gone away, this is not true. The beetle has a lifespan between 3-5 years, and will often have lay larvae inside the timber by the time they exit. If the woodworm is still active, the holes will appear more “fresh”. It is difficult to tell the difference without getting up close to the timber.
A woodworm infestation anywhere in the property can lead to potential problems, and if present in the loft it is not a good idea to leave it untreated. If left untreated, the problem will more than likely get worse and start to affect the integrity of the timber. The sooner the woodworm has been identified, the easier it is to treat. Quickly rectifying the problem will minimise the damage caused.
When treating the woodworm it is recommended that you contact a qualified specialist to remedy to the issue. Although it is possible to treat yourself, you will have to work with insecticides. If you are not aware of the correct procedures to follow when treating woodworm, have a professional take care of it.