Woodworm is a generic description given to describe many types of wood boring beetle. The adult beetle lays its eggs in the cracks of wood. When these eggs hatch as the larvae (worm) they slowly eat their way through the wood until they emerge as adult beetles, where they will then mate and repeat this process.
Woodworm can cause damage to wooden furniture, floorboards, beams and joists. A woodworm infestation can lead to serous structural weakness if left untreated.
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Common wood boring beetles (UK)
- Common Furniture Beetle
- Deathwatch Beetle
- House Long Horn Beetle
- Woodboring Weevil
Signs of Woodworm
- Exit holes on wood ( around 1mm to 1.5mm in diameter)
- Fine dust “frass” found below infested wood caused by emerging beetles
- Weak wood such as damaged floorboards
- Small Dead beetles usually found on window sills or near infested wood