Woodworm Treatment in London

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What is Woodworm?

Woodworm is the common name given to various wood-boring insects, normally beetles. Wood boring beetle larvae feed on the timber they find particularly hard or in poor condition. During this process, they can cause a lot of damage. In the wood, the larvae bore “holes”, eating their way through the timber then emerging as adult beetles. The tens or hundreds of channels bored by the beetle larvae in the wood decrease the tensile strength of the timber. Due to an infestation of woodworm in the main supporting beam, the entire roof of the cottage is at risk of collapse. Various types of Woodworm and similar wood-boring insects not only cause damage to structural timbers; woodworm larvae will also bore into furniture, sub-flooring, and skirting boards through the surface of the timber.

Types of Woodworms

The common furniture beetle and the house longhorn beetle are amongst the most destructive pests of solid wood in London, but these species can also be found in other areas of the world.

The family of insects known as Anobiidae contains all the species of beetles that infest dead or dying wood.

These insects damage buildings by eating wood. The grubs eat the wood while they are still in their larval stage and then turn into adults. This causes the wood to become hollowed out.

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What are the signs of woodworm

It can be difficult sometimes to spot the exact signs of an insect infestation, but if you notice small holes in your woodwork then you may have a problem. You may not see any beetles or signs of damage for some time, which can be confusing as to what is going on. The most obvious sign of this is the appearance of tiny holes in the wood which give off a sawdust-like material, although there might not be evidence of the infestation until several months later. Once your property has been affected by woodworm, you’re facing an expensive headache. This is why it is important to be able to tell if your home furniture or roof has been attacked by a woodworm. If you’re concerned about woodworms causing damage to your property, make sure to check regularly.

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Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in London

Woodworm is a common problem in many areas of London; it causes serious structural damage to buildings. Woodworm can destroy any wood-based material, with a very nutritious diet of timber or decking being a favourite. Woodworm is mostly found in untreated, damp softwood. This is usually within the first 10mm of any external wooden structure.

However, an infestation can spread to other parts of a structure if the source of the woodworm isn’t resolved. Pets can carry woodworm larvae, so you should keep pets away from old furniture and other old items that may be infested. It is also possible for woodworm to burrow through the internal walls of a house and spread throughout the property.

How do I know when I need to use a woodworm treatment

You’ve probably noticed small holes in your wooden furniture and flooring, which could be a sign of damage caused by woodworm infestation. If you’re planning to treat woodworm at home or are concerned about their effect on property, you should speak to leading experts in the field. Because there are legal and health and safety regulations that must be followed. Woodworm treatment is a necessary part of home maintenance. It’s often part of a standard or annual home inspections, and it’s possible to reduce the risk of serious infestations from getting out of hand.

Should you Deal With Woodworm Yourself or call in professionals

When you’re unable to identify woodworm or other associated symptoms, it’s worth getting a professional opinion. When it comes to treating woodworm, you should always be sure of the type of beetle eating your property. You wouldn’t want to spray insecticide everywhere without first knowing what you’re dealing with. Some, for example, will target loft timbers, others like hardwoods; this means some will cause structural damage, while others might ruin your favourite family heirloom. When you want to tackle a woodworm infestation yourself, it’s important that you know what kind of woodworm is feeding on your furniture. The woodworm eradication service available through Southern Damp Proofing uses safe and effective methods to provide you with a dry, snugly environment.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in London

Our highly trained and experienced expert team will be on hand to discuss your damp proofing needs and provide you with a detailed plan to protect your home from the risk of damp. At Southern Damp Proofing, we aim to complete every project in the most professional manner possible. We provide prompt and friendly service, whilst understanding our customers’ needs. An average woodworm treatment can be completed in 1 day, and our 10-year guarantee is given to ensure no re-infestation will occur to the treated timber. With all our solutions, we provide free consultations and quotes.

As soon as you contact us we’ll send out a surveyor to inspect your attic and the type of treatment needed. We are happy to book the work at a convenient time for you and your family once we are done surveying and providing you a free quote.

We always wear our face masks and protective clothing. That way we know we’re ready to serve you better while eradicating woodworm from your properties.

The property should be well ventilated during and after application. Drying time from the last coat is usually around 6- 8 hours but is also dependent on the woodworm treatment being used. It is important to leave the wood to cure for at least 48 hours before applying any kind of top-coat.

Why choose Southern Damp Proofing for your woodworm treatment and Timber Repair in London

At Southern Damp Proofing we pride ourselves on our well-trained and experienced team of professionals, which is why customers come back and refer us to others. All our team members are trained to find the problems of our customers and treat them accordingly. Our staff is professional and friendly. 10 years of experience in the industry. We offer a 10 years guarantee on Woodworm, Rising Damp, and Wet and Dry rot treatments. We are a trusted and reliable company. We’ve made it extremely easy and convenient for you to book our services. And, you can do so up to 6 months in advance. We love what we do. Our office is open 5 days a week.

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in London

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in London

  • Property survey
  • Getting to the type of the woodworm
  • Deciding on the suitable treatment solution.
  • Treating the property with the right chemical
  • Replacement of the affected timber with new and tested products of a similar appearance.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in London

Woodworm treatment is a vital service that we provide to keep your property safe. We offer a bespoke service for the solution designed specifically for your woodworm problem. We can treat your problem quickly with the best of products and services. We’ve been in the pest control business for a decade so you don’t have to worry about our experience or efficiency.

Our surveyors will search your property for any signs of the presence of woodworm and will work with you to find the best and most cost-effective way to eradicate the problem. Our business respects the environment and only uses environmentally friendly products to treat woodworm. Our experts work with the latest techniques to get rid of the woodworm and make it never return. They keep no stone unturned to ensure that your home is free of invaders. We’re dedicated to the effective control and elimination of all infestations of woodworm. We help keep a property’s surfaces protected and woodworm-free by treating as many surfaces as possible.

This includes just about every timber surface in your home, so if you are concerned about the appearance of your property, there’s no need to worry. Once you have treated the wood, it will be safe from woodworm and its damage. If you have already seen evidence of woodworms, such as holes in the wood or frass, we recommend that you call us immediately on 020 7971 1329 to discuss your situation with your surveyor.

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Identifying and Removing Woodworms in London

While it’s usually very careful about the timbers it infects, woodworm never attack anything that is already protected by a reliable woodworm treatment. Infestation is a serious issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Infestation in one property can quickly move on to your others. Choosing the right woodworm treatment is important; there are many different brands and options, as well as lots of products on the market. Some are for outdoor woodworm treatments while others are for indoor and some can be used for indoor and outdoor woodworm treatment. Pets and children can return to using the affected surfaces once the treated items have dried. The solvent-based treatment has an unpleasant smell, and

Water-based products are preferred by most households simply because the smell of solvent-based products can be quite strong. We recommend that no one is allowed in the area to be treated for an 8-hour period. We will work with you to ensure that we carry out our work at a time convenient for you. Our professionals are trained woodworm killers, they will not only identify affected/damaged wood, but we will also survey the entire property for any active woodworm beetles and recommend an appropriate solution.

How much does a woodworm treatment in London cost

The cost of treating woodworms will depend on how far-reaching the infestation is, the type of timber concerned, and the extent to which it is structurally compromised. It’s cheaper to treat a woodworm problem early, rather than after a full-blown infestation. A widespread of woodworm in your properties will cause further damage and would cost you a lot of money to replace some of the affected structural elements. If you require a woodworm inspection and need free woodworm treatment advice from our woodworm infestation treatment specialists regarding costs, call us on 020 7971 1329 Today!

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We are the experts when it comes to dealing with Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles problems. We have been serving property owners in London for over 10 years. We‘ve worked on historic buildings, homes, commercial properties, businesses, churches, and museums. Our expertise ranges from small projects to extensive restoration regardless of the size. We are the experts when it comes to getting rid of woodworm.


Is woodworm infestation a serious problem?

Some of these wood-boring beetles do not cause any real damage to furniture. However, the Longhorn Beetle has an appetite for softwood which can cause major damage to your property.

How can Identify a house that has a woodworm?

Woodworm can pose a significant risk to the structural integrity of a building that’s why you should check before buying any house. Properly inspecting the property by professionals is effective to know if the house is safe. If you have bought a property and the survey company says there is no woodworm, but in the future you detect woodworm, and they said in the report that there was no woodworm present; this will help to ensure that you can take action against them if it was there when they did their survey checks.

You can check for woodworm yourself, but it may be hard to diagnose if you do not have adequate experience of what to look for.  Woodworms could be present in a home for many years without it being noticeable, and woodworm doesn’t just affect old homes, it can also affect very new homes.  If you aren’t entirely confident if the home you want to purchase has a woodworm or not, feel free to call us on 020 7971 1329X.

Woodworm is caused by what?

Woodworm is usually found in damp, poorly-ventilated places such as lofts, cellars, floors, and attics! If you want to stay clear of woodworm, you need a level of humidity in your home.

Is woodworm active in winter?

Not really, they are less active but once temperatures begin to rise they become more active. To avoid the winter, they often migrate to areas where the temperature is favorable to them.

Does the woodworm go away

If you’re thinking of buying a property which has been subject to an infestation of woodworm, make sure you have a plan in place. You can contact us.

Dry or wet wood; which is the woodworm’s favourite?

Woodworm will not live in wood that is already dry, so if you are checking to see whether or not there are any signs of infestation, then the first thing you need to do is check the moisture.

How can I eliminate woodworm from my property?

Don’t let woodworm damage your property. See how you can protect your home from the dangers of woodworm by calling 020 7971 1329X for professional advice.

My home is under the attack of a woodworm, how do I treat it?

Woodworm treatment depends entirely on the type of beetle causing the problem. Some DIY tips for getting rid of the woodworm problem can work, but it is best you take help from a pest control company.

Is Boron woodworm treatment safe?

Boron Ultra 12 has no vapour formula unlike most other boron products in the market. Some woodworm treatments contain some nasty chemicals. One of the most common is called cypermethrin, and it is not safe.

Are toxic substances included in the solution you use for woodworm treatment?

Our woodworm treatment is completely non-toxic and safe to use. However, treated areas should be avoided for up to 8 hours

Can I rely on your woodworm treatment to last long?

The woodworm treatment is durable and guaranteed to last 10 years, though the treatment should be effective for much longer than that.

Can house insurance help me recover from woodworms’ damages?

No, most house insurance policies will not cover you for woodworm.  You may want to talk to your house insurance company to include it as an addition.

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