Woodworm is the description given to the infestation of a wooden item caused by wood-boring beetles. Prokil supplies woodworm treatments for commercial and domestic properties throughout the South Coast of England. With offices in Southampton, Bournemouth, Reading and Brighton, we are well-placed to serve lots of customers. Beetles can attack anything from furniture to floorboards, joists, rafters, and even the structural timbers supporting the structure of the property itself.

Woodworm is not a worm at all, but the larvae stage of a group of beetles which infest timbers. The species of the beetle will depend on the type of wood which has become infested and the wood’s moisture content.

Species commonly referred as woodworm include:

  • Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
  • House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
  • Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)
  • Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum)
  • Waney Edge Borer (Ernobium mollis)
  • Wood Boring Weevils

Signs of woodworm

  • Holes in timber – can be round or oval shaped, usually with clean sharp edges and can vary in size usually from 1-to-2mm or larger for some species.
  • Tunnels in wood – also known as ‘galleries’ vary in size and shape depending on the species.
  • Bore dust (frass) – Fine powdery dust can be found either within the bore holes or is evident on adjacent surfaces usually below the infested timber.
  • Crumbling or damaged timbers – can occur in extreme cases.
  • Dead beetles – can be found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills, more so in the summer months.


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Our woodworm treatment

With our 50 years of experience, Prokil has led the way in treating woodworm in many properties throughout the South of England. Our professional, experienced surveyors will carry out a thorough inspection to assess the extent of any problem and the type of woodworm involved. They will also determine if the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp, and if any timbers need replacing. Based on this detailed evaluation, they will then recommend the appropriate woodworm treatment.

This may necessitate the lifting of floorboard or roof insulation and the cleaning of dust or debris. Then an insecticidal formula is applied to the wood which eliminates the insects on contact as they pass through the timber. This method of woodworm treatment allows you to reoccupy the room after just one hour. The water-based formula is generally applied by spray but can also be applied by brush or injection in gel or paste formulations.

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