Woodworm Treatment Bournemouth

Woodworm treatment in Bournemouth area is for most properties which were constructed pre 1970’s this because the pine timber used in there construction wasn’t treated like modern timber is today. Most of Bournemouth’s housing stock dates back to the Victorian building boom of 1880.
These houses built with pine floor joists and pine floorboards, the roof joists and rafters were also built from soft pine which is the preferred timber of the common furniture beetle or more commonly known as woodworm.
Woodworm treatment in Bournemouth is quite common because of this and many properties have suffered from this tiny timber pest.
There infestation can spread more rapidly in some property than others. The reason for this can depend on humidity and dampness in the building at different locations.
The roof is the most common place that woodworm attack it has the ideal conditions. Most roof spaces have higher humidity and so the timber retains a certain amount of moisture which these wood boring insect like. These tiny beetles can fly so entering the loft is the easy option. The conditions are dark, dry and have plenty of untreated wood for theses beetles to lay their eggs and start the woodworm life cycle.
The other areas woodworm like are the sub floor areas they attack timber on the ground floor which have poor sub floor ventilation. Lots of Victorian houses have had the ground around them raised with drive ways and patios this has blocked airbricks and breach dpc’s. The result is that the wooden floor timbers contain a high amount of moisture which woodworm like to infest.
The damper the conditions the worse the infestation can be causing considerable damage to floorboards as they travel along the floor joists which are sat on damp sleeper walls.
Where there is wet rot in the timbers the infestation can causes structural damage to floorboards and joists because the timber loses its strength. Many floors are replaced due wet rot and woodworm infestation in combination.

We use micro-emulsion insecticidal formulations applied by spray, brush or paste to treat woodworm in Bournemouth properties. They carry very little odor and permit re-occupation of treated areas within 1 – 2 hours. The special micro emulsion formulation leads to better penetration than is obtained with the older traditional water based emulsified preservatives. Our woodworm treatment in Bournemouth will provide the necessary control and long term protection of wood against wood boring insect infestation for many years, thereby giving confidence in any issued long term guarantee.

Before any woodworm treatment a thorough survey of the building is needed to locate the areas of active woodworm infestation. In domestic buildings it may be necessary to lift sections of floorboards and gain access to lofts and roof voids. Where timbers are heavily infested by woodworm and wood rot, and have to be cut away and replaced, our surveyor will also consider all the structural aspects of the building and will guide you through any difficult infestations.

Woodworm treatment in Bournemouth is most common between May and September during their breeding season; however woodworm can occur all year round when conditions allow the larvae to exist. All of these woodworm beetles and consume wood, and then leave when they have reached maturity. Thankfully, problems associated with woodworm typically happen between May and September during the breeding season however, this is not always the case

Woodworm is a generic term which is commonly used in reference to a number of beetles, the larvae of which are able to use wood as a source of food. These beetles lay their eggs on or in timber components within buildings, their resulting larvae feeding upon the wood whilst boring tunnels within. The life-cycle of these beetles is broadly similar but there are variations in the duration of each stage in the life-cycle. The extent of attack and resulting damage will depend upon factors relating to the species of beetles, the type of timber, moisture content and length of infestation.

What is a common furniture beetle treatment; this is the way that we treat your particular problem. We have different solutions to treat the many types of wood boring insect that can live in our houses or garages. The pretreatment starts with a survey from there we can suggest the best common furniture beetle treatment with the right products and methods to remove the common furniture beetle from your house, garage, loft, joists, loft timbers, stairs, furniture. Plus free 30 year Guarantee.

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.

Woodworm is very common in property’s due to the amount of houses using soft pine wood in their construction. Nearly all houses pre 1970’s used untreated timber so all theses houses have the potential to be affected by the common furniture beetle/woodworm. So if you have found an infestation of these wood boring beetle or more commonly known as woodworm do not panic they can be control and 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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