As treatment experts for many years, the team here at Cotswold Treatments get numerous questions about different issues our customers are facing. One such example is that of wood borers. As a common problem experienced by many homeowners, we’ve decided to pull together a short blog post to what wood borers are and how you can spot the most telling signs.
What are wood borers?
Wood borers or wood boring insects are a selection of insects that cause damage to wooden structures. In many situations, they will attack dying or dead wood which can be beneficial to the environment. However, when they come into contact with buildings, this trait becomes a real problem for many homeowners. The areas of wood in which they digest or destroy can cause structural problems, so it is important that they are detected as early on as possible.
What are the main types of wood borer?
There are many different borers that can cause potential damage to your home. These range from beetles and woodworm through to moths, bees and ants. A professional treatment company, such as the team here, will be able to identify the specific species and use the correct solutions to eliminate it.
What are the main signs of a wood borer infestation?
One of the main problems with wood borer related damage is that many of these insects and beetles are active from the egg stage through to adult life. They are originally laid in the cracks found in wood objects, floorboards and timbers. Once they hatch, the larvae burrows through the timer where they can safely hide, travel and feed on wood for several years. The next time you are likely to spot them is once they move into the pupa stage and bore towards the surface to pupate. If you think wood borers may be an issue in your home, some of the main signs you may spot include:
- Eggs in cracks
- Living larvae – normally a creamy-white colour and curled up
- Dust caused by emerging adult beetles
- Weak or damaged floorboards
- Crumbling wood around the corners or edges
- Tunnels in the wood which are often known as ‘galleries’, although these are very hard to spot
- Exit holes, normally round or oval-shaped, with sharp edges.
If you notice any of the above signs, contact our team here at Cotswold Treatments. We are specialists in the remedial and preservation of timbers and can apply a specialist low-odour, water-based and biodegradable treatment to solve your issue.