Typical woodworm and beetle pests:


There are four main species of wood boring beetle affecting properties in the UK – Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum), Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum), Wood Boring Weevil (Pentarthum huttoni or Europhryum confine) and the House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus), each preferring different sorts of timber.

The most common form of woodworm in the UK is the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum).

All Woodworm eat timber in the larval stage of their lifecycle (between 3 -15 yrs, depending on species). They leave behind them bore dust (frass) and when they emerge to mate and die as an adult beetle they leave behind an exit hole (size and shape vary according to species). The tunnels they form within the timber weaken the timber, sometimes to a level where it can be structurally dangerous.

Our surveyors are fully qualified to identify which wood boring beetle is present, whether it is active or inactive and recommend the appropriate remedial treatment.

Our fully trained technicians will carry out the specialist work using only the safest professional insecticides.

These advanced chemicals are designed to be very safe to mammals (humans, pets etc.) but very effective against the insects causing the damage. In most cases replacement of the timber is not necessary and therefore treatment is relatively inexpensive.

Woodworm – frequently asked questions:

If I’ve got woodworm, do all the timbers need replacing?

No. In most cases we can treat woodworm by spray treatments alone and only need to replace timbers if they are structurally weakened.

Are safe chemicals going to be used and do they smell?

We are environmentally friendly and only use the safest chemicals available for the specific treatment. These include the latest and most effective 1 hour re-entry insecticides. All our products have virtually no odour and can be used whilst the property is still occupied.

I’ve discovered a number of insects on the window sill in my house. Do I have woodworm?

It would not be possible to say for definite without seeing it, but there are other tell tale signs you can look for in your property. For instance, holes in any of the structural timbers or any evidence of bore dust (small piles of bore dust, sometimes called ‘frass’), which is caused by adult woodworm beetles emerging from the timber.

If you are unsure, ask a fully qualified RTC woodworm surveyor to carry out a detailed inspection so that the infestation can be dealt with promptly and effectively.

My property was already treated but a few insects have appeared. Did treatment work?

Our treatment targets the young larvae buried within the timber and, as the life cycle of the insect is between 3 and 5 years in the case of Common Furniture Beetle, there can still be some woodworm beetles which have reached the adult stage emerging from the timber.

This is commonly called “post treatment emergence”. However, any eggs that may be laid in cracks, crevices or old flight holes will not survive the treatment that has been applied to the timber, therefore breaking the life cycle.

What Guarantees do RTC offer?

RTC are Property Care Association (PCA) members and are therefore able to offer the option of a long term insured guarantee for Dry Rot treatment issued by the GPI.

Because the GPI guarantee is genuine insurance it provides protection if the contractor ceases to trade for any reason and is transferable to the new owners if you sell your property. See www.gptprotection.co.uk for more information.

Could I carry out a DIY woodworm treatment myself?

You can purchase woodworm products from your local DIY store, but these are only suitable for use on small items of furniture and not recommended for use on structural timbers in your property.

For treating large areas, and where children or pets may be present, we recommend you seek our professional advice by booking a survey.

For any queries on woodworm and pest treatment solutions or to book a survey please contact us

Our staff will work closely with you from survey stage, right through to the successful completion of the contract.