Woodworm Treatment in Deptford, London

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What is Woodworm?

Woodworm is a generic term used by woodworm treatment specialists and timber treatment companies to describe various species of wood-boring insect insects, the larvae of which can use wood as a food source. When the larvae of moth species bore “holes” they eat their way through the timber then emerge as adult beetles. The tens or hundreds of channels bored by the beetle larvae in the wood decrease the tensile strength of the timber. Over time, the effect of woodworm has been known to cause roofs and floors to collapse and structural beams to weaken to the point of collapse. Woodworm can attack your furniture and timber structures all year round, as well as the larvae burrowing into and impacting your home.

Types of Woodworms

The most common woodworms larvae that attack timber are the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) and the House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus).

The woodworm beetles in the Anobiidae family can be found all over the world. These beetles seek out dead or dying wood, as they are commonly called wood-borers.

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. It can be difficult to detect a beetle infestation in a house. You might not see any evidence of it until well into the problem. The first signs of woodworm activity are small holes in the wood of a piece of furniture. They appear as small dimpled holes, roughly 1 to 2mm wide, and maybe either filled with sawdust or empty. We all want a home that’s dry, warm, and free from pests that destroy our property. That’s why it is vital to look out for tell-tale signs of woodworm. If you want to make sure that your home is protected for the future, you need to regularly inspect it for signs of woodworm.

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Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Deptford

Wood-boring insects are a serious threat to timber buildings in all parts of the Deptford. Woodworm can destroy any wood-based material, with a very nutritious diet of timber or decking being a favourite. The most likely woodworm problems show themselves in untreated softwood that has become damp. This is usually within the first 10mm of any external wooden structure.

Woodworms can be devastating to a property and its value. An infestation can spread and render a structure unsaleable and threaten the structural integrity of the building if not treated. Pets can inadvertently carry the larvae of woodworm in their fur and then transfer them to your house when they run around. Woodworm can also literally burst through internal walls, eating and spreading to every corner of a house.

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. As there are certain legal and health & safety rules and regulations that must be followed when treating woodworm, it’s paramount that you chose specialists in the field. Woodworm is not a myth. It’s a reality for many homeowners, so it is important to keep your woodworm under control.

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. Depending on the wood-based property in your home, some woodworm may cause structural damage, while others might destroy your family heirloom. Mild cases of woodworm can be treated by the homeowner through a DIY treatment. At Southern Damp Proofing, one of our specialists that complete a comprehensive survey and uses the correct chemical insecticides, safely.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Deptford

For many years now, we have been successfully tackling the woodworm infestation problem in – and around – the Deptford. Our company is operated by professional contractors which can use a variety of methods to tackle the problem on each individual customer’s property. Our experts are able to clean and treat any surface affected down to the wood. We provide a full range of damp proofing solutions for our customers in Deptford. 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. We don’t charge any upfront fees for quotes, all you have to do is give us a call or Ping us an email.

As soon as you contact us we’ll send out a surveyor to inspect your attic and the type of treatment needed. We aim to answer any queries you may have, and recommend the right course of treatment for your property. Regardless of the size of the job, we offer free quotes, with no obligation on your part once we’ve carried out a thorough survey of your home.

Woodworm treatments are nasty stuff, so we always wear protective clothing when working on site.

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. The amount of time we leave the wood to absorb the treatment varies depending on the wood type, but it is usually 48 hours.

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

At Southern Damp Proofing, no job is too big or small for us, as we pride ourselves on providing the best possible solutions for all of our clients in Deptford. With every team member equipped with both the skills and tools needed, we are able to provide a professional service for you and your needs. Dedicated and detail-oriented staff We have 10 years of valuable experience We offer a 10 years guarantee on Woodworm, Rising Damp, and Wet and Dry rot treatments. We are a trusted and reliable company. You can book our services up to 6 months in advance but contacting us. We love what we do. Our office is open 5 days a week.

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Deptford

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Deptford

  • A thorough survey of your property
  • Discovering the species of woodworm
  • Deciding on the right treatment approach
  • Treating the property with the right chemical
  • In the case of infection or compromise in the timber, we will replace it with new material.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Deptford

Protecting your home from woodworm is extremely important to us Southern Damp Proofing. 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.

We will thoroughly inspect the common problem of woodworm on your property. Our business is passionate about the environment and the welfare of our customers. Therefore, we ensure only environmentally friendly products are used when eliminating woodworm. We treat your home or business as if it were our own. Licensed professionals in the industry, we only use high-quality products that you can count on to be safe for you and your family. 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 frames and sills, skirting boards, joists, wall studs, and floorboards, especially where visible. We will treat your home or workplace once with a suitable wood preservative and you will have no worries regarding woodworm attack in the future. 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 Deptford

While it’s usually very careful about the timbers it infects, woodworm never attack anything that is already protected by a reliable woodworm treatment. Furnishings, walls, and floors can be affected by the spread of infestation in your home. There are many popular products from different brands that have been on the market for a long time. Some are suitable for both interior, and exterior use whilst others are formulated for just interior. You can rest with ease knowing that your wooden surfaces are safe for your children and pet once dried. Please note that if based on solvent, then there might be some smell during the course of treatment.

Solvent-based products have very strong smells that can be difficult to handle, while water-based products have a much lighter smell. Restricted access for about 8 hours to the areas being treated is recommended. Also, a ventilation system for fresh air is a good idea. We work with our clients to make sure that their treatment is done during a time that suits them. Our friendly and professional team will survey your property and identify the woodworm infestation. Our technicians know which types of woodworm cause the most damage and would carry out an integrated treatment program leading to long-lasting results.

How much does a woodworm treatment in Deptford cost

The cost of treating woodworms will be dependent on several factors such as the extent and type of woodworm infestation, and whether you want to carry out treatment yourself or use a professional. Early diagnosis is vital to keep the damage to a minimum which will only require simple treatment. But if your house has been infested with woodworms and many structural elements have rotted and need to be replaced at great expense. 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!

Book your Woodworm Survey in Deptford

Southern Damp Proofing has been expertly treating damp and woodworm in locations all over the Deptford area for over 10 years. We offer quality, cost-effective treatments for Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles. Our customer service and workmanship are second to none. We take pride in every job we perform whether big or small and are confident that you will be completely satisfied. If your joists’, decking, furniture, or floorboards are riddled with woodworm, you need to call us today on 020 7971 1329.


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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