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Woodworm is a wood boring insect that can have nasty consequences on your home’s structure. However, figuring out how to tell if woodworm is active can be difficult.  An active woodworm infestation can be damaging to your home’s structure; therefore, it is important to diagnose the problem as soon as possible.

There are a variety of signs to look out for which confirms woodworm is active, such as:

  • New frass (sawdust) around the holes: Frasst appears around the holes after the larvae eat through the wood. If there is fresh sawdust around the small holes, especially if it keeps re-appearing, this is a sign of an active woodworm infestation.
  • New holes: If you keep finding small holes in wood around your home, you most likely have active woodworm.  A good way to keep track of holes is to mark them with a pen each time you notice new ones. That way when you check next time, any holes without marker pen are definitely new and caused by active woodworm beetles.
  • Beetles on the wood: One of the most obvious ways to tell if you have woodworm insects is to see actual beetles on the wood! Beetles can be dead or alive.
  • Wood tunnels: Seeing tunnels in your wood is another sign that woodworm beetles are chomping their way through your home.

If you think you might have active woodworm in your home, it is important to get effective treatment straight away. This will prevent the problem spreading and avoid putting your home’s structure at risk.

For more information about woodworm, including what causes it and what it looks like, contact our friendly team of damp specialists at Prokil. We can even carry out a damp survey to assess the problem before treatment. Contact us on 0800 048 9488 or email [email protected].

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