Woodworm Treatment Bournemouth

Woodworm Treatment Bournemouth

Woodworm treatment Bournemouth area is for most properties which were constructed pre 1970’s. This because the pine timber used in there construction wasn’t treated like modern timber is today. Most of Bournemouth’s housing stock dates back to the Victorian building boom of 1880.
These houses were built with pine floor joists and pine floorboards. The roof joists and rafters were also built from soft pine. Which is the preferred timber of the common furniture beetle or more commonly known as woodworm.

Woodworm treatment in Bournemouth is quite common because of this and many properties have suffered from this tiny timber pest.
There infestation can spread more rapidly in some property than others. The reason for this can depend on humidity and dampness in the building at different locations. The roof is the most common place that woodworm attack it has the ideal conditions. Most roof spaces have higher humidity levels. And so the timber retains a certain amount of moisture which these wood boring insect like. These tiny beetles can fly so entering the loft is the easy option. The conditions are dark, dry and have plenty of untreated wood for theses beetles to lay their eggs. and start the woodworm life cycle.


The other areas woodworm like are the sub floor areas they attack timber on the ground floor. Which have poor sub floor ventilation. Lots of Victorian houses have had the ground around them raised with drive ways and patios this has blocked airbricks and breach dpc’s. The result is that the wooden floor timbers contain a high amount of moisture which woodworm like to infest.
The damper the conditions the worse the infestation can be causing considerable damage.  As they travel along the floor joists which are sat on damp sleeper walls.
Where there is wet rot in the timbers the infestation can cause structural damage to floorboards and joists. This is because the timber loses its strength. Many floors are replaced due wet rot and woodworm infestation in combination.

Woodworm Treatments

We use micro-emulsion insecticidal formulations applied by spray, brush or paste to treat woodworm in Bournemouth properties. They carry very little odor and permit re-occupation of treated areas within 1 – 2 hours. The special micro emulsion formulation leads to better penetration than is obtained with the older traditional water based emulsified preservatives. Our woodworm treatment in Bournemouth will provide the necessary control and long term protection. For wood against wood boring insect infestation for many years, thereby giving confidence in any issued long term guarantee.

Before any woodworm treatment  Bournemouth a thorough survey of the building is needed to locate the areas of active woodworm infestation. In domestic buildings it may be necessary to lift sections of floorboards and gain access to lofts and roof voids.

Where timbers are heavily infested by woodworm and wood rot, and have to be cut away and replaced. Our surveyor will also consider all the structural aspects of the building and will guide you through any difficult infestations.

Woodworm treatment Bournemouth area is most common between May and September during their breeding season; however woodworm can occur all year round when conditions allow the larvae to exist. All of these woodworm beetles and consume wood, and then leave when they have reached maturity. Thankfully, problems associated with woodworm typically happen between May and September during the breeding season however, this is not always the case.


Woodworm is a generic term which is commonly used in reference to a number of beetles. The larvae of which are able to use wood as a source of food. These beetles lay their eggs on or in timber components within buildings. Their resulting larvae feeding upon the wood whilst boring tunnels within. The life-cycle of these beetles is broadly similar but there are variations in the duration of each stage in the life-cycle. The extent of attack and resulting damage will depend upon factors relating to the species of beetles, the type of timber, moisture content and length of infestation.

Woodworm Treatment Survey

Why have a woodworm treatment survey ; this is the way that we treat your particular problem. We have different solutions to treat the many types of wood boring insect that can live in our houses or garages. The pretreatment starts with a survey from there we can suggest the best woodworm treatment. With the right products and methods to remove the common furniture beetle from your house, garage, loft, joists, loft timbers, stairs, furniture. Plus free 30 year Woodworm Treatment Bournemouth Guarantee.


Wood-boring beetle treatment

Wood boring beetle treatment

Wood boring beetle treatment is for several species of commonly named woodworm that are responsible for infesting homes in the UK, they are the Common furniture beetle, Lyctus powder post beetle, Wood boring weevil, Bark borer beetle and Deathwatch beetle. Each beetle requires correct identification as each requires a different Wood boring beetle treatment due to how each attacks and infests the type of timber it feeds on.

Wood boring beetle

The common furniture beetle only attacks softwoods such as pine and the sapwood is only affected, unless wood rot is rotting the timbers then it can infest the heartwood. Quit often found in old furniture and timbers used in a houses construction such as floor joists, ceiling joist and floorboards etc. The common method for treating this type of wood-boring beetle is to spray with products such as Permethrin or Boron.

The Lyctus powder post beetle attacks the sapwood of European hardwoods such as oak or elm which have a high starch content most damage occurs in stockyards or storerooms. Wood-boring beetle treatment is not necessary in homes as the infestation usually dies out on its own when the moisture content of the wood dries out.

The Wood boring weevil infests only decaying softwoods and hardwoods in damp conditions such as poorly ventilated ground floors or timbers in contact with damp walls. A Wood-boring beetle treatment is not usually required if the source of the damp is treated.

The Bark borer beetle infests the timber if the bark has not been removed from construction timber such as roof rafters. The wood-boring beetle treatment for this beetle is just to remove the bark from the timber.

The Death watch beetle attacks the sapwood and heartwood of decaying timbers such as oak. The beetles are often found in old buildings where the construction is mostly of oak or elm. Deathwatch beetle thrive in damp conditions as this aids the grub in its destruction of the timber. The wood-boring beetle treatment for this type of infestation is a joint treatment of surface spraying and timber injection.

Wood Boring Insect

Wood boring insect are very common throughout the UK and there over 18 different wood boring insect that inhabit our properties during the year. We have only listed the most common of those insect which most people will come across.

If your home buyers report from a mortgage company survey says that it found wood boring insect. The most common one will be the common furniture beetle. If you do have concerns about a home buyers survey about this wood boring insect. Then a survey from a specialist woodworm company is what needed to confirm and offer a suitable treatment.

Further reading about Wood boring beetle

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Damp proofing solutions

Damp proofing solutions

Damp proofing solutions are what people need when their house is suffering from damp issues. Damp comes into a house for many reasons and only a professional company with experienced surveyors will be able to offer your sound advice and damp proofing solutions for your problem.

Damp Proofing

If your house is suffering from damp then what type of damp is it and what is causing it. When this is known only then can the correct advice be given and a solution to your problem. Older houses are often incorrectly diagnosed because of inexperienced surveyors or company’s only offering a quick fix method to mask the real problem. This has led to many of the problems coming back or causing other problems due to hygroscopic salts in the material and method they used due to the high humidity in old houses.

To be able to offer damp proofing solutions in older houses a full understanding of these properties an expert will make sure the correct advice and repair solution is given to stop any future problems arising. Today’s quick fix methods and expensive plastering systems are showing the wrong method of repair in Victorian and Edwardian houses.

Damp Proofing Problems

Many older houses have had their original sand and lime plastered walls skimmed with modern gypsum plaster so their walls have flat services so there painted as this is the modern way. This has led to an increase in humidity within properties and the rise in black mould on walls and ceilings. Not all modern damp proofing solutions are suitable for older houses especially if the original damp problem wasn’t rising damp. Most quick fix companies will let you to believe that this is the case when in fact much of today’s damp at lower levels is penetrating damp.

They do this so they can strip your interior walls up to a metre high and inject your external walls with a chemical paste and say your damp course has failed then give you a guarantee against rising damp. The British Research Establishment the leading authority in this country for this type of work recommend against this method as they do not believe damp courses in older houses fail like most damp company would have you believe.

Damp Solutions Surveys

To be able to offer the correct damp proofing solutions in houses built between 1837 and 1920 only experienced surveyors and company’s offering alternatives to these quick fix methods should survey these period houses to prevent futures problems. Time and time again using modern methods in Victorian and Edwardian houses has led the fabric of older property’s to deteriorate.

Damp Treatment

“Don’t be damp Be Dri” – Victorian & Edwardian Damp Proofing Specialist