Woodworm Treatment in Woolwich, 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. 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 many channels bored by the beetle larvae in the wood decrease the strength of the timber. The devastating effect of woodworm means that roofs are left open to the elements, and people living in affected properties do not have any long-term security. 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 ( Anobium punctatum ) and House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) are the main woodworm species that attack timber in homes.

Both of these belong to the family of insects known as Anobiidae, and this family also contains all the species of beetles which infest dead or dying wood.

They cause damage to softwood timber by the female laying her eggs in the moist timber. The grubs then hatch and start to tunnel through the wood, leaving behind them a passageway of rubble and dust which accumulates at each end of their tunneling route.

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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. Some species of beetle lay eggs under the surface, and you may not see any evidence of an infestation until some time into it. Look out for tiny holes appearing on the floor and ceiling of your furniture. These could be the result of woodworm activity. It is important to recognise the signs of woodworm, so you don’t have to worry about any destructive repercussions. Check your property regularly for signs of woodworm. This is to make sure you have it treated before the infestation becomes severe.

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Why Is Woodworm Infestation A Concern in Woolwich

Woodworm is a common problem in many areas of Woolwich; it causes serious structural damage to buildings. Woodworms can attack many different types of wood and wood-based products, including timber flooring, cedar decking, garden furniture, fence posts, and so on. Usually, woodworm is only a problem in untreated, damp softwood. 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. If your pets are kept out of infected areas they will reduce the risk of carrying woodworm into the rest of your property. You might find woodworm burrowing through the internal wall of your house and spread through other properties in your home.

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. It’s vital that you choose the appropriate woodworm specialists to look after your property as there are health and safety issues related. 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

It’s always worth asking a trusted professional to check your property for signs of woodworm. If you have woodworm on your property you’ll need to determine which type of woodworm it is. Depending on the wood-based property in your home, some woodworm may cause structural damage, while others might destroy your family heirloom. You could be tempted to find the cheapest option to treat woodworm yourself. At Southern Damp Proofing, we work with expert craftsmen who not only understand the importance of dry and warm homes for all but also the value of using the correct chemical insecticides in time.

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Woodworm Specialist Treatment in Woolwich

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. Our team can both repair the structurally affected timbers as well as clean and treat the surface of the wood. 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.

Our qualified surveyor will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, checking for any signs of damage or infestation and, if necessary, taking samples for analysis. 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 the appropriate, protective clothing and face mask when applying woodworm treatments.

You should make sure the property is well ventilated during and after application. It usually takes 6 hours for the last coat drying but if we use a stronger treatment, it might take a day. 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 Woolwich

At Southern Damp Proofing, we have a team of qualified experts at your service. 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. W have a Professional team We have been in the industry since 20 We offer a 10 years guarantee on Woodworm, Rising Damp, and Wet and Dry rot treatments. Reliable and honest company You can reserve our services up to 6 months ahead. We are open 5 days a week.

Our Approach to Woodworm Treatment in Woolwich

Our Woodworm Treatment Services in Woolwich

  • Property survey
  • Knowing the type of woodworm at work
  • Developing a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Treating the property with the right chemical
  • Removal and replacement of any infected or compromised timber in your home with the highest quality products.

Our woodworm Treatment Procedure in Woolwich

Protecting your home from woodworm is extremely important to us Southern Damp Proofing. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to woodworm treatments. We provide a tailor-made solution to meet your property needs. 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 team will survey the property to locate any signs of woodworm. 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. By treating as many timbers as possible with our treatment, you are able to enhance the life of your property and prevent costly repairs in the future.

This will include doors and frames, window frames and sills, skirting boards, etc. 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 Woolwich

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. Wooden surfaces treated with a woodworm killer are safe for pets and children once the treatment has fully dried. The solvent-based treatment has a very strong smell which needs to be aired after treatment.

Solvent-based products have a much stronger smell than water-based equivalents. We advise you to keep your family and pets out of the room for 8 hours or more. We discuss with our clients to schedule a treatment at a time that is convenient for 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 Woolwich 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. A localised infestation caught early would only need a simple treatment to get rid of the problem. But if your house has been infested with woodworms and many structural elements have rotted and need to be replaced at great expense. Call us on 020 7971 1329 today for free woodworm treatment advice and information on costs!

Book your Woodworm Survey in Woolwich

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 Woolwich for over 10 years. With a reputation that we have built on quality service and attention to detail, you can be sure that you’ll receive the best possible solution to your dampness and woodworm problems. Call us today on 020 7971 1329 and get 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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