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Woodboring Beetle

Woodboring Beetle
Woodboring Beetle
Woodboring Beetle

Woodworm is a collective term for several species of wood boring insects (beetle) whose larvae infect timber.

The most common species of woodboring beetles in the UK are:

  • Common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum)
  • Death Watch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum)
  • Powder post beetles (Lyctodae and Bostrychidae Lyctidae)
  • House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotruped bajulus)

Eggs are laid on the surface of timber (or in cracks) when they hatch, will burrow into the wood and live off the timber for many years.

Once the larvae are mature, they form a pupa or chrysalis, and eventually emerge from the wood as adult beetles leaving characteristic emergence holes.

It is a cyclical process which needs to be broken and completely eradicated as any number of wood boring insects can pose a serious threat to a wooden structure.

Identification prior to treatment

Woodboring Beetle
Woodboring Beetle
Woodboring Beetle

It is essential to establish whether an infestation is active or historic before considering treatment.

An active infestation can be identified by:

Presence of frass - live larvae in the timber – adult beetles during the fly-out season.


Should repairs to timbers structure be required, these should be carried out before any treatment.

Prepare the timber surface to be treated by brushing down dust to allow fluid penetration before treatment.

Apply treatment by brush or by low / high pressure spray depending on the location/area to be treated.

After Treatment

Children, vulnerable adults and animals should be kept away from the treated area during treatment and for 24hours after treatment.

For more information on woodworm infestation in buildings visit the Property Care Association website: www.property-care.org

Thanet Timber and Damp Ltd is a member of the Property Care Association (PCA).

Our surveyor is qualified C.S.R.T and will identify the cause of dampness; our survey report will contain recommendations for remedial treatment.

Our qualified team will be able to carry out:

Damp proofing treatment:

  • Installation of new chemical damp proof course.
  • Installation of damp proofing membrane / render / cementitious compound.

Dry / wet rot treatment:

  • To remedy cases of Dry Rot, we identify the underlying cause, carry out all necessary repair work.
  • Remove affected timber
  • Carry out specialised treatments
  • Re-instatement work

Woodboring beetle treatment:

  • Identification of the type of infestation
  • Treatment of all infected timber
  • Repair or replace any badly-damaged timber

We provide spray treatments to eradicate all wood-boring beetles. Mainly loft spaces - rafters, joists and purloins - and floor joists and floorboards.

We offer a 20 years company guarantee on Damp and Timber Treatment.

Call us on 01843 280812 or email us at enquiries@ttdamp.com to book a survey.

Areas We Cover

We cover the whole of Thanet towns and surrounding areas:

  • Herne Bay
  • Birchington
  • Margate
  • Broadstairs
  • Ramsgate
  • Minster
  • Sandwich
  • Wingham