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Firstly, let us clear up a misconception – woodworm is not actually a worm! It is actually a beetle and many people also think that it is common in old furniture but, in all honesty, this is not always the case.
Woodworm actually refers to the larvae of any wood-boring beetle, with the most common woodworm in the UK being:
All the beetles named above invade and eat wood, only leaving it when they reach maturity.
In a nutshell, you don’t until there are some tell-tale signs; wood can be infected with eggs or larvae without you knowing, with discovery being some time later. Many people think that woodworm only affects old properties or furniture but it can strike anywhere and is just as common in modern, newly built homes.
Tell-tale signs are:
Some customers do not always see holes but the dust – known as frass – can be spotted underneath furniture and other wooden items. However, it may be a new infestation but left over from a previous problem.
It is hard to judge this accurately but, with the recent resurgence in interest of ‘upcycling’ – that is, buying or acquiring old furniture and giving it a modern twist – it may be that some items of furniture with dormant woodworm is being given a new lease of life in more ways than one.
However, follow these tips to help you decide if you do have a problem but, if you are still not sure, why not give us a call? We would happy to take a look!
There are estimates that there are between 50,000 and 150,000 chemical treatments per year for woodworm, although the vast majority of these are thought to be unnecessary, simply because people have diagnosed the issue wrongly and bought a DIY remedy.
If you think you have a woodworm infestation, get an expert opinion – call SOS Pest Control.