How To Spot A Timber Infestation In London & Berkshire:

How To Spot A Timber Infestation In London & Berkshire:


It should be quite easy to spot a woodworm infestation. The larvae burrow into the infested wood eating the timber as they go, this leaves tell tale burrow holes. You may also notice the adult beetles emerging from the wood or spot them laying their eggs. There is typically a powdery substance near the holes which is the fecal matter from the beetles.

Woodworm is a blanket term for a number of different species of beetles, it would be difficult for someone who isn’t a specialist to identify the species within your property. Please see below for a summary of the species commonly found in London and Berkshire infestations.

  • Common Furniture Beetle & Powder Post Beetle – These are very common beetles found across the UK. Both of these beetles are quite easy to treat.
  • Death Watch Beetle – Still fairly common but is not as easy to treat as the above.
  • House Longhorn Beetle – These beetles are more of a problem than those mentioned above because they have larger larvae and these cause more damage when burrowing into the timber in your property. These are harder to treat than any of the above.

Please note that different types of beetles require different treatments therefore it is imperative that you call in a specialist company like DH Damp Proofing & Timber to identify and treat the problem.

Wet Rot:

Wet rot is usually found in areas that have been exposed to lingering damp or poor ventilation. It is these conditions that create a breeding ground for a range of wood digesting fungi to begin to attack and eat away at the timber within your home.

As with woodworm there are different species of fungi that are considered dry rot and need to treated in different ways. You should always obtain an expert opinion. We will always give you the correct diagnosis and most effective treatment plan for the type of wet rot you have.

Dry Rot.

Dry rot is a more serious problem than wet rot and it is vital that it is diagnosed correctly by an experienced expert. Dry rot requires a more aggressive and prolonged treatment plan than wet rot. Dry rot is caused by fungi just the same as wet rot however it is a huge threat to the structural timbers within your property. We cannot stress enough that this type of rot requires prompt attention and action.

There are some tell tale clues you can look out for, please see below.

  • Fluffy cotton wool like growth
  • Mushroom growth with red powder (this is the spores)
  • A damp odour which is caused by the wood decaying
  • Cracking of the wood that appears in a cuboid shape

If you notice any of the above signs please call DH Damp Proofing & Timber for a survey to diagnose your timber infestation and to put in place a suitable treatment plan.   Call now 

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