Woodworm Treatment in Greenwich, London

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What is Woodworm?

The term woodworm is used to describe the adult insect, as well as the larva inside the affected timber. The common furniture beetle is a type of woodworm that infests timber furniture and structural timber in buildings. These creatures begin life as tiny eggs laid on the timber. They then hatch into larvae, which bore holes through the wood and come out as adult beetles. The damage done by the beetle larvae means that the tensile strength of the timber is reduced. Although the most common locations for woodworm infestation are the roof spaces, external timbers, and floorboards it can also affect internal beams, joists, and sub-flooring. Woodworm is an extremely destructive pest attacking a wide range of different timbers in buildings and timber structures in the house.

Types of Woodworms

The House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus). and the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) is the widely known woodworms that attack timber.

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

The wood-boring beetles are known for causing damage to houses and buildings. They do this when they infest wood with their eggs. These insects eat wood while they are still in their larval stage and then turn into adults.

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What are the signs of woodworm

The most common warning sign of woodworm infestation is visible tunnels and burrows on the wood surface as the insect bores into the wood. You may not see any beetles or signs of damage for some time, which can be confusing as to what is going on. 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. In order to protect your property and make sure you don’t have any structural damage, it is important that you identify the signs of woodworm. Make sure to inspect your property for signs of woodworm so you can treat it quickly.

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Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Greenwich

Woodworm is a serious concern in all parts of the Greenwich, causing structural damage. Woodworms can eat holes in your garden furniture, wooden patio, wood decking, and many other wooden structures. 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.

However, an infestation can spread to other parts of a structure if the source of the woodworm isn’t found and treated. House-loving pets can take the risk of spreading woodworm from your house to your garden, or vice versa. 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

Small holes in your properties, especially furniture could be a sign of an infestation by these parasites. 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. A woodworm infestation isn’t something to be taken lightly. These pesky critters can wreak havoc and leave a home unsightly.

Should you Deal With Woodworm Yourself or call in professionals

Not sure if you have a woodworm problem? It’s always worth asking a trusted professional for help. Different types of woodworm and infestations may look the same from the outside but that’s where similarities end. They come in different shapes, sizes and prefer eating different types of wood. There is a type of woodworm for every different type of wood. Some only feed on hardwoods while some deal with loft timbers. Mild cases of woodworm can be treated by the homeowner through a DIY treatment. At Southern Damp Proofing, we carry out all the necessary surveys – on your behalf – and we deal with them by using the correct chemicals to eradicate any woodworm infestation.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Greenwich

For many years now, we have been successfully tackling the woodworm infestation problem in – and around – the Greenwich. 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 technicians are experienced in the use of different types of equipment to deal with woodworm problems, whatever they may be. From our expertise and experience, we can quickly identify the source of the woodworm and give you a fair quote to do the necessary work. At Southern Damp Proofing, we want to ensure that our customers are pleased with our services. That’s why we offer a free survey and a 10-year guarantee. You’ll get a full, free consultation in your home, and we’ll give you a quote on the spot.

Moreover, to ensure our work not only meets but exceeds your expectations, as a first step we will book a surveyor to visit your property to assess any damage and the work required to put it right. We provide a free quote for the proposed works after surveying, and once you are happy to go ahead we can book the job at a convenient time for you.

To keep you, your home, and everyone safe, we wear the appropriate, protective clothing and face mask when applying woodworm treatments.

For health and safety, care should be taken to ensure that the treatment is well ventilated during and after application. After allowing 6 to 8 hours for drying time, the area can be reopened and re-occupied. We leave the wood to cure for 48 hours before we apply any top-coat such as paint, oil, or varnish. This allows the treated wood to fully transform into a stable and hard material.

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

We have over a decade of experience in the industry that has seen us build up an excellent reputation of trustworthiness, reliability, and efficiency. All our team members are trained to find the problems of our customers and treat them accordingly. Our staff is professional and friendly. We have been in the business for over 10 years Our damp proofing treatments are covered by a 10-year guarantee against woodworm, rising damp and rot. We are an efficient and trusted company. You book our service as early as six months in advance. We are open 5 days a week.

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Greenwich

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Greenwich

  • Detail inspection of the property
  • Knowing the type of woodworm at work
  • Deciding on the suitable treatment solution.
  • Application of the right chemical for effective treatment.
  • In the case of infection or compromise in the timber, we will replace it with new material.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Greenwich

Woodworm treatment is an important service at Southern Damp Proofing, as it protects your property and keeps you safe in your home. We adapt our woodworm treatment plans to individual requirements so every building can enjoy a safe and peaceful future with protected wood. We can help you get rid of termites, and we will protect your home to prevent the pests from coming back.

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 uses only environmentally friendly products to get rid of the woodworm in your home. Working with expert infestation control professionals like Southern Damp Proofing will ensure that your property is treated and cleared of woodworm. To prevent the spread of woodworm damage within a property, we aim to treat as many surfaces as possible that woodworm is likely to infest.

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. By using a suitable wood preservative, we can ensure that your property is protected from infestation. Woodworm treatment is a specialist job for a specialist. You don’t have to take the risk of doing it yourself, call us. Our team of specialists is to help when you call us on 020 7971 1329.

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Identifying and Removing Woodworms in Greenwich

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. There are many woodworm treatments on the market from different brands. Some woodworm treatment products are for inside your house and others only work outside while some can be used both inside and outside of your home. Pets and children can return to using the affected surfaces once the treated items have dried. Please note that if based on solvent, then there might be some smell during the course of treatment.

Most people may want to opt for water-based because solvent-based with its high VOC has a very strong smell. Therefore it’s recommended no one should be in the vicinity of the area to be treated for 8 hours. We will work with you to ensure that we carry out our work at a time convenient for you. 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 Greenwich 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. Early diagnosis is vital to keep the damage to a minimum which will only require simple treatment. However, if your house had been exposed to a colony of woodworms, several structural elements will become damaged and would need to be replaced, costing you more. We offer woodworm treatment advice for free, as well as woodworm treatment advice. Contact us now on 020 7971 1329!

Book your Woodworm Survey in Greenwich

Southern Damp Proofing has been expertly treating damp and woodworm in locations all over the Greenwich area for over 10 years. We offer quality, cost-effective treatments for Wet Rot, Dry Rot, and woodworm beetles. We’re a full-service, award-winning property restoration company dedicated to preserving and enhancing the value of your property’s appearance and function. We can help you eliminate the blight of woodworm forever. 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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