WOODWORM TREATMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE TODAY
Damp Proofing / Woodworm / Wall Tie Corrosion / Wet & Dry Rot Specialist located in Morpeth in the heart of Northumberland, and within easy reach of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington, Ashington, Whitley Bay, Hexham, Alnwick, Durham & Consett.
A better understanding of the type of damage caused by wood-boring beetles can be gained by describing their life cycle. Eggs are laid by female beetles on wood in cracks and crevices on the surface, or on the end grained areas. Other species may require bark-covered logs for egg laying. Some species bore tunnels into the wood in which the eggs are laid.
LIFE CYCLE OF A WOODWORM
Anobium punctatum, commonly known as woodworm, has a three-year life cycle. Eggs are laid by female beetles on susceptible timbers. These hatch into larvae which burrow directly into the timber from the egg. Newly hatched larvae are very small, but when fully grown may be as long as 5 mm, forming tunnels up to 2 mm in diameter. The larvae prefer to burrow along the grain, consuming the softer, less dense, early wood zones. The tunnels are packed with frass composed of chewed wood particles and lemon-shaped faecal pellets. Apart from the size increase there are no obvious changes in the appearance of the fully grown larvae. After pupation, the adult beetle emerges through a circular flight hole 1.5 – 2 mm in diameter. This emergence normally occurs between May and September and the appearance of fresh flight holes commonly warns the layman of the presence of an active infestation.
Brit Rem are experienced in eradicating such attacks. A full survey can be carried out by our specialist surveyor to determine the extent of attack and the damage caused. A comprehensive report is then submitted for consideration with a quotation for any eradication exercise specified. All eradication works are carried out by trained technicians with the support of many years of experience in wood treatments and timber replacements.
WOOD ROTTING FUNGI
It is essential that in the eradication of Wood-Rotting Fungi, whether it be Dry or Wet Rot, that the causes for the growth of the fungi are identified and eliminated. Only then can the successful treatment of the problem be implemented.
When growth is advanced, a fruiting body (sporophore) may develop. This takes the form of a ‘fleshy pancake’, the surface of which is orange/ochre coloured. Spores when ejected from the fruiting body can travel into the surrounding air currents for dispersal.
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