Wood Boring Insects

Wood Boring

Features of a woodworm infestation (Common furniture beetle).

  • Presence of flight holes generally circular
  • Evidence of adult beetles
  • The presence of wood powder (frass) associated with flight or exit holes
  • Tunnelling within the timber

Life Cycle and flight season

The common furniture beetle (woodworm) has a three year life cycle. Eggs are laid by female beetles onto susceptible timbers developing from an egg to a larval stage then pupa stage until its emergence as an adult beetle.

It is the larval stage that results in most of the damage; however the adult beetle biting its way out is responsible for the flight holes. It is generally the flight holes that alert the layman to the presence of an active infestation. The beetles themselves generally emerge between May and September.

How can it be treated

After an initial FREE survey by our surveyor the extent of the infestation can be assessed and methods of treatment necessary to eradicate the attack proposed.

This treatment may include removal and replacement of timbers which are too heavily infested to save as well as the spraying of affected timbers with an insecticide.

Environmental Policy

Brit Rem Services recognises that it has a responsibility to contribute to the protection of the environment and to enhance and improve sustainability wherever possible.

To this end where appropriate we use a range of products in which all organic solvent components are removed from the formulation and are fully biodegradable.

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