One of the worst problems to do with a woodworm infestation is that many people don’t know the signs of woodworm and what the woodworm characteristics are. We’re here to answer the question: what does woodworm look like, and how you can determine whether you need woodworm control?
Unfortunately with woodworm, the signs you can use for identifying woodworm are normally only visible towards the end of the woodworm’s lifecycle. This is the part where the woodworm beetle breaks free of the wood to continue to breed elsewhere.
The signs to look out for are the exit holes of the woodworm. These are holes in the wood or timber that are normally between 2 and 5mm in diameter. They can be spotted up close, unless you have a severe infestation with large exist holes grouped together.
As well as looking out for the exit holes, there’s one more way you can determine a woodworm infestation. This is finding the dust created by woodworms. It’s light in colour, and looks like very fine wood shavings. Pest controllers use this dust to identify the type of woodworm problem you have.
So now you know the signs of a woodworm problem, what does woodworm look like? Spotting woodworm to identify them can be quite tricky. When the woodworm appear from the wood to breed, they will be attracted to a light source. This means the most common place you might see woodworm is near your windows and on your window sills.
The most common type of woodworm are small, dark and red in colour. They are regularly encountered, and are responsible for most woodworm damage. The wood dust they leave behind will have a more gritty texture to it.
As well as attacking wooden furniture in your home, woodworm can also bore into your skirting boards and any other wooden structure around the home. These pests can cause a lot of damage in a very small amount of time. And if the damage goes unnoticed, it can damage the structure of your furniture and your home.
If you think you are having a problem with woodworm in your property, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will survey and identify the full extent of your pest problem, then determine what treatment is necessary to get rid of the problem.