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Are you selling or buying a house? Did your survey detect suspected wood boring pests?

27 Jul

Could your property be at risk of damage due to wood boring insects? When it comes to the damage caused by woodworm within our properties it typically depends on the type of wood boring beetle that is attacking the timber. At Abate we provide a full and detailed report and estimate service for house purchases and also for our various remedial and building projects from design to completion.


We are all guilty of not caring for our property from time to time, however identifying property problems are not very easy if you don’t know what to look out for. There are many small signs to help you identify emerging property problems both externally and internally. Identifying issues and acting upon them early means that the treatment is going to be more cost effective in the long run.

Not all woodworm leave the same signs but here are a few key signs of a woodworm infestation:

  • Bore dust – (frass) Caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
  • Fresh exit holes – There will be evidence of old emergence/exit holes at one or several locations on any exposed beams and timbers.
  • Tunnels in wood – Around the corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
  • Dead beetles – Usually found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
  • Adult beetles – These will tend to emerge from timbers between May and October.
  • Woodworm larvae – Usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.

How much damage can woodworm cause?

Depending on the density of the timber and the age of the building, there might not be a great deal of immediate structural damage but if the active areas are left untreated they will become weaker over several years. Adult woodworm will only live for a few weeks, emerging from new fresh holes and often leave a powder on the ground called frass. They will mate and lay eggs back into the emerged holes and the whole cycle/process starts again. They have at least a 2-year life cycle but usually no more than 5 years. Ultimately the amount of harm caused by woodworm will depend on the species of beetle and the type of wood.

What treatment would we recommend?

If you are in any doubt about the presence of woodworm in your home, then a woodworm survey from a professionally qualified woodworm surveyor will be able to identify this using their experience and specialist equipment. Our surveyors will perform a detailed woodworm survey before recommending any treatments. With years of experience and qualifications, our surveyors are the best in the business when it comes to diagnosing a property problem and creating a bespoke treatment plan for your property.

During any treatment stage it is important that correctly trained and skilled staff are used who have the knowledge in specialist timber treatments. This would include wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), safety clothing, facemasks etc.

The whole dwelling would be guaranteed by us for 20 years and also underwritten by an insurance company via (SBG) Specialist Building Guarantee. Abate Pest Management can provide solutions for property issues for a range of customer types, including private and public housing, commercial properties, heritage sites and listed buildings.

If you would like to have a timber survey and report for wood boring insects, please contact the Abate team on 01953 603390 or visit our Woodworm services website.

The (all too) Common Furniture Beetle

12 Oct


The effects of woodworm can be catastrophic; wooden structures, if contaminated, can collapse and leave a building in complete disrepair. Woodworm is the generic term for all wood-boring insects; the creature most likely to be munching its way through your wooden structures is the Common Furniture Beetle. These insects are most likely to be introduced to a property via previously contaminated timber, canes and planks of wood or old furniture. Need I say, it’s important to look out for the ‘signs’ of woodworm before that old barn comes crashing down or….. Grandma’s chair gives way.

So! Look for holes – fresh ones – round in shape with sharp edges. Also, keep an eye out for bore dust below the wood (i.e. on the floor), this is caused by an emerging insect and is a sure giveaway that CFB’s are in the building (literally). Floorboards or roof structures that have been infected will often have ‘crumbly’ edges where the insects’ tunnelling has begun to break down the wood’s structure.

Although there are a number of different types of wood-boring insect, the principals for treating all woodworm cases are very much the same – all treatments are designed to disrupt the life cycle stages with a course of insecticide.

So, watch out barn conversions, listed buildings, churches and any kind of pine or soft wood structure – woodworm is at large. Visit the webpage for more information: