We may refer to them as Woodworm, but woodworms are actually the wood eating larva of various species of beetles including the Common Furniture Beetle, the House Longhorn Beetle and the Death Watch Beetle which are all commonly found in Ireland.
The Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum) is small ( 3-5mm in length and dark red in colour with a prothorax resembling a monk’s cowl, it is by far the most common cause of damage encountered in homes, most commonly in the sapwood of softwood and European hardwoods. The Deathwatch Woodworm Beetle ( Xestobium rufovillosum) is larger – 8mm in length, chocolate brown in colour with patches of yellowish hairs. It generally attacks oak but will attack softer woods if well rotten.
The Common Furniture Woodworm Beetle, the House Longhorn Beetle and the Death Watch Beetle cause damage to wood by boring tiny holes in the surface of the wood. You may spot round holes about 1.5 – 3mm diameter in wooden structures such as panelling, furniture, floorboards. Extensive tunnelling will be evident, lots of frass, which is ‘bun’ shaped and easily visible without any magnifying equipment. Exit holes can be found all year round but are most often formed in early Summer to late Autumn – May – Oct). The tunnels in the timber are the result of boring woodworm larvae and the ‘dust’ that can sometimes be viewed is ‘bore dust’ created by the Woodworm beetle as it emerges from the timber.
The boring/wood eating woodworms perform can cause significant damage to your property and have long lasting effects including damage the structural integrity of buildings. Vigilance is key when it comes to identifying the issue and as with all pests the earlier an intervention can take place the speedier the resolution. Unfortunately, the signs of a woodworm infestation are generally only visible at the end of the woodworm’s lifecycle when the woodworm beetle breaks free from within the timber to continue its breeding.
Should you see any signs you need to call in the experts – at Elis Pest Control we have a number of specialist woodworm treatments that can be utilised to the address the issue including water-based treatments, fogging treatments and fumigating – our trained technicians will talk you though each option and assist you in deciding which treatment best suits your circumstances. A certified 20-year guarantee on all works carried out.