Woodworm typically starts in a house when adult wood-boring beetles lay their eggs in the crevices and cracks of wooden surfaces, such as furniture, flooring, structural timbers, or wooden beams. When the eggs hatch, the larvae burrow into the wood and begin to feed on the cellulose fibers, which can lead to structural damage over time.
The larvae of wood-boring beetles prefer damp and humid environments, so wood that is exposed to moisture, such as leaks or condensation, is more susceptible to infestation.
In addition, wood that is left untreated or unfinished can also be more vulnerable to woodworm, as the protective coatings and finishes can prevent the eggs from hatching.
Woodworm can also be brought into a house through infested wooden items or furniture that are already infested. It’s important to inspect any wooden items that are brought into the house and to treat them if necessary.
If you suspect you may have a woodworm infestation, contact our team of woodworm specialists today on 0800 048 9488. We can undertake a woodworm survey of your property and suggest a suitable course of treatment.