Woodworm specialist Be Dri are a service company working in your home. We put our customers first especially when it comes to treating woodworm with any chemicals in your home. We have a long history of effectively using woodworm treatments in people’s homes with great success.
Woodworm Treatment Specialists
As a woodworm specialist you can expect us to use our knowledge of these wood boring insect. To identify which variety of beetle infestation you have in your timbers. There are several different insect and you can tell them apart. From the way that they bore out of the wood leaving differing size flight holes. Also some move near the surface of the wood leaving exposed shallow tunnels.
As woodworm specialist Be Dri are keen entomologist and have a passion for this area of our work. We take great pride in being able to resolve any woodworm infestations that you might have. And with our specialist knowledge of insects and there treatment.
Woodworm Specialist Services
We want to help you with your woodworm enquiry for most people’s there first experience of woodworm. Is when they are buying a property and the home buyers report first spots evidence of woodworm.
Or maybe you were in the loft or garage and spotted little mounds of dust. Which are found falling from the timbers and wondered what that is?
We use the best methods of pest control practice to bring you the best results. Our woodworm technicians draw on their experience to quickly and efficiently treat your woodworm infestation problem. These produce great results time after time, as you would expect from experienced professionals.
Safe Woodworm Treatments
The way we carry out the work and how we use these chemicals shows us to be safe contractors. When the work is being carried out by a professional operator. You can have peace of mind that your children and pets will be completely safe.
All the products we use have been tested and given a certificate to be used in the home by a professional woodworm treatment company.
Common questions like will it affect my asthma, children and pets are no they will not. The products we use are not oil based, but emulsion (water) based.
As a woodworm specialist we are always looking at what any possible woodworm infestation means for you. And how any woodworm treatment can affect your property. We want you to feel fully confident on the information and any woodworm treatment we recommend.
Most people reading this for the first time will be here looking for advice and information on your woodworm infestation. From a professional woodworm specialist. And what if any woodworm treatment you may require.
Although woodworm holes in old timber can give it a distinguished look and feel. This doesn’t mean you have an active infestation; your woodworm holes could have been inactive a long time ago.
Woodworm can be found anywhere in your home were there is timber. If the right conditions exist they will attack and infest an area very quickly.
Woodworm Specialist Treatment
Treating active infestations almost always consists of applying an insecticidal wood preservative. To the surface of the timbers this is usually done by surface spraying. This saturates the timbers with excessive fluid. For deeper burrowing beetles infestations such as Deathwatch beetle by drilling. And then injecting a paste or a concentrate deep into the timber. This penetrates and spreads throughout the inner core of the timber where the wood boring grubs are active. Remember the woodworm grub eats the wood and the woodworm beetle emerges from the wood leaving the tiny holes.
As woodworm specialist any successful woodworm treatment relies on all the timbers in the loft being treated at the same time. So the technician will make access to the roof timbers and ceiling joists. This is done by moving the loft installation and after the treatment putting it back.
Woodworm Specialist Guarantee
There are occasions, where the attack is particularly long-standing and severe. This may require replacing any timbers that may have been structurally weakened. This is also likely to occur where the infestation is found in conjunction with fungal decay to the timber components.
It is essential that a thorough woodworm survey of an affected building. Is carried out by an experienced woodworm specialist. Only when the species of wood-boring beetles and extent of attack have been accurately determined. Can a reliable recommendation be made as to the need for treatment.
All our woodworm treatments come with a 30 year Guarantee OR Insurance Back Policy.
Have you had a homebuyers report or may be found woodworm somewhere in your property. Such as the joists in the loft, garage or the floorboards in the lounge. Then the best way to diagnosis any wood boring insect is to have a woodworm survey.
We can quickly write to you with a full report and identify which beetle species has infested your property’s timbers and recommend a woodworm treatment to eradicate them quickly and safely.
Woodworm Treatment Cost
Prices vary according to the size of the property woodworm treatment cost also depends on the type of wood boring insect and the type of treatment product being used. Aviva and money saving expert both state national prices from £ 500 - £ 1000.
Our woodworm treatment costs are below the national average so call us today and our surveyor can save you money and that includes a 30 year Guarantee in the price.
Wood Boring Insect
Different types of wood boring beetle prefer varying types of timber. And although there are other wood boring insect the most common are the furniture beetle and Deathwatch beetle. The small common furniture beetle grub lives around the surface of the wood and feeds on softwoods such as pine. The Deathwatch beetle grub is far more damaging due to its deep burrowing nature and can cause serious damage in oak and elm.
The most common wood boring beetle (woodworm) is the common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum) which much prefers softwoods. Softwood is wood from gymnosperm trees such as conifers. Softwoods are the source of about 80% of the world’s production of timber.
Deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum) prefers hardwoods. Hardwood is wood from dicot angiosperm trees. The term may also be used for the trees from which the wood is derived; these trees are usually broad leaved such as oak and elm. Hardwood should not be confused with the term heartwood which can be from hardwood or softwood.
How Does Woodworm Enter Your Home?
The Common furniture beetle and Lyctus the explanation is simple. The adult beetle possesses a good pair of wings tucked underneath the wing cases (the elytra) and both species fly readily.
Deathwatch beetle cannot fly and it seems certain that this insect is introduced into a building on the original timbers. Which were from mature oak and chestnut trees already infested with wood rotting fungus and containing Deathwatch beetle.
What is Woodworm?
Woodworm is a generic term which is commonly used in reference to a number of wood boring beetles, the larvae of these insect are able to use damp wood as a food source. These beetles lay their eggs in the crevices of timber, there they wait until they hatch. This results in the larva feeding on the wood by burrowing into the timber which causes tunnels within the wood.
The size of the holes depends on the species the most common wood boring insect found in your home is the common furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum) which is 1mm – 1.5mm.
The less common Deathwatch beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum) flight holes are 2mm -3mm.
In the summer months both these beetles can be found in numbers around your windows as they emerge from their pupal chamber. The smaller common furniture beetle can fly but the larger Death watch cannot fly.
There are a number of wood-boring beetles that are easy to misidentify without experienced eyes or sometimes inexperienced surveyors.
The presence of holes in timber does not automatically indicate that an active wood-boring beetle is present. In some cases, the damage, usually minor, can be caused by species such as Bark Borer Beetle (Ernobius Mollis) or Pinhole Borer Beetle, commonly known as Ambrosia Beetle, (families Playpodidae, Scolytidae and Lymexylidae - many species). Usually neither of these beetles will require any form of treatment with the damage noted being historical in nature. The beetles will generally have been eradicated during the preparation of the timber for use, where drying and removal of the bark would take place prior to the timber being used.
In the event of a severe infestation to the timbers from death watch beetle any severely weakened timbers should be replaced or repaired with new treated timbers.
Where Does Woodworm Come From?
Now furniture beetle, Lyctus and deathwatch are found quite commonly outdoors. Deathwatch is much more frequent outside than indoors. Many hardwood trees oak, elm, ash, and especially willow which are dead, perhaps struck by lightning, or with some dead part such as a branch or wound where a branch has broken off, will harbour some Deathwatch. Old pollard willow are perhaps the most fruitful source of these insect and the dead wood in the crown of the tree always seem to support a good colony. Deathwatch is found in such situations where fungal decay is evident.
Furniture beetle is seen to occur where the wood has resisted the onset of fungal attack. Old branch scars on trunks of trees or areas of exposed sapwood are almost always populated by Common furniture beetle.
Lyctus too occurs in the timbers of outdoors. It attacks only the sapwood of certain hardwoods such as oak. Which have been newly felled or up rooted by storm or for some other reason the sap has stopped. Only for a few years does Lyctus occupy such timber, only while the starch content in the sapwood is high. Only perfectly sound timber is attacked. Lyctus is never found in timber attacked by fungus. It is most commonly found in timber yards.
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