Buying a house with woodworm

Should i buy a house with woodworm

Is their a problem buying a house with woodworm well lots of properties have had woodworm in the past and have successfully been treated so you shouldn’t let this put you off buying a house.

Your home buyers report will spot it and report back what type of wood boring beetle infestation you have and will recommend a woodworm survey from a remedial timber specialist. From there you will be informed in more detail into the extent of the infestation and confirming the type of beetle mentioned in the home buyers report.

With the correct approach and method all wood boring insect infestations can be controlled and stopped. Also the work should come with a 30 year guarantee so total peace of mind can be had by the purchaser or current owners, so is buying a house with woodworm a problem well no it shouldn’t be.


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common furniture beetle infestation

Timbers in your property especially pine can have a common furniture beetle infestation timbers become infested. They carry on breeding laying their eggs when they hatch these tiny grubs eat there way along the surface of the timbers.

common furniture beetle infestation in one season with the correct conditions can spread all round a loft. With very easy signs to follow there will be fresh frass or fine light coloured saw dust.

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what do woodworm look like

What do woodworm look like, on these pages is examples of the 4 main wood boring beetle. Also there is more information on these beetle on other pages within the site to help you discover more about these insect.

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Woodworm Information

Woodworm Information

Hopefully this woodworm Information will help make sense how these wood boring beetle infest timber.

Woodworm life cycle explained

For the purpose of this explanation we have made the assumption that the beetle that lands on the timber is a pregnant female.Woodworm begin breeding

1. Woodworm begins breeding

After mating, the woodworm beetle lays approx. 30 to 60 eggs, injecting them into the open pores of the timber, often open grain sawed ends. Eggs are never laid onto sealed or varnished surfaces. It is common for the beetle to lay the eggs down the old “Flight holes” , and tunnels, often well below the surface. The Eggs are laid singly or in rows of two, three or four.The Egg has a life of 14 to 28 days after laying.

Woodwrm Larvae Hatch

2. Woodworm Larvae hatch

After a few weeks the eggs hatch downwards into the timber and produce larvae – this is the worm stage of the infestation. Symbiotic yeast’s enable the larvae to convert cellulose to protein in their gut, and this process is assisted by a secretion of enzyme which breaks down material to simpler sugars. Factors which contribute to the rate of Larval development are: Temperature, Humidity & nutritional value of the timber.

3. Woodworm larvae start to eatWoodworm Larvae Eat Woord & Timber

The woodworm


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i found woodworm in my house

I found woodworm in my house now what do I do, well what you are going to need is a woodworm survey. With a full house survey you will be able to find out the extent of the wood boring beetle infestation.

With a woodworm survey you know how much it has or hasn’t spread so you might not need the whole house treated.

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Help i think i have woodworm

People call us with all sorts of questions “help i think i have woodworm” is one question we get. When people first find evidence of woodworm some people panic thinking of the cost and were else in the house is it.

Well we like to help people by telling them how our services can stop the problem and issue a 30 Guarantee so if your selling your property all banks and building societies will accept our Guarantee.

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wood boring beetle treatment

wood boring beetle treatment

You will require a woodworm survey  if you have a woodworm infestation. Depending on the type of beetle most infestations can be treated quickly and safely with one of our wood boring beetle treatment.

We can treat all sorts of wood boring beetle with our treatment methods and give you a 30 year guarantee to prove it.


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Common Furniture Beetle, (Anobium punctatum)

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)

Common furniture beetle is the everyday name given to the insect which de Geer called Annobium punctatum in 1774. The common furniture beetle belongs to the family ANOBIIDAE which contains about twenty two different species found in Britain.

The adult beetle varies in size from 2.5 mm to nearly 4.5 mm in length and is usually chocolate brown in colour. All are covered with fine yellowish down which does not however hide the longitudinal rows of punctures or small pits on the eleytra or wing cases.

They lay from twenty to sixty eggs are laid by each fertilized common furniture beetle female. Follow link to carry on reading.

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how much to spray a house for woodworm

How much to spray a house for woodworm always depends on the size of the property and how many floorboards have to be lifted and how big the rooms are. Also the size of the loft and how much insulation has to be moved and then relaid.

I’m afraid the only answer is to have a woodworm survey and all these factors can be taken into account.

Verminate offers best advice first to all its customers and always has competitive prices we have found a link to an impartial Insurance company who states the average prices for properties.

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Please remember if you diy a woodworm treatment your have no paperwork when it comes to selling your house and they will ask for it.


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How to treat woodworm in floorboards

How to treat woodworm in floorboards

If you find woodworm in the floorboards you should clear the room and remove or roll the carpet to one end of the room. The you should lift 1 in 4 floorboards so that if you are spraying you can spray the underneath off the floorboards and the joists to prevent the woodworm beetle and larva carrying on their life cycle this is how to treat woodworm in floorboards.

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