Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Woodworm treatment: Death Watch Beetle

Death Watch Beetle is a common woodworm infestation that can cause damage to structural timbers. Severe infestation can happen when there is dampness, and the woodworm can be associated with dry rot. Here are some examples of woodworm infestation associated with wood rot.

The latin name is Xestobium rufovillosum. Here is a video of the death watch beetle in action. The adult males make a particular noise by tapping the wood with their heads to attract mates. People would hear this noise when conducting night vigils in old churches, thus it is called the ‘death watch beetle’.

Death watch beetle usually attacks hardwoods like Oak and Elm which are often used in structural timbers, but it can also attack softwoods if they are adjacent, for instance floorboards. Where timber is prone to dampness is where the infestation can happen, for instance sole plates, wall plates and joints. Here’s more about the woodworm treatment  for the property in Much Wenlock, where many oak sections were in need of repair.

Here is another case study where heat treatment was used to eradicate death watch beetle in a traditional oak-framed residential property, built circa 16th century.

Professional help is essential for woodworm treatment. Peter Cox Ltd will send an experienced surveyor will visit your property. The surveyor will outline the severity of the woodworm infestation and how urgent is the need for a solution. He will describe the potential woodworm treatment costs and alternatives. A professional survey is needed to find the woodworm infestation areas. The surveyor may need to access roof voids, list roof insulation and/or floorboards.

The surveyor will identify which species are causing the damage, and also whether the beetles are still active. You can arrange a woodworm survey by entering your details into the form on the right.

Please contact us by completing our woodworm enquiry form or by telephone us on 0845 222 0404.