Woodworm Control in Manchester
Young’s Pest Control Manchester specializes in residential and commercial wood boring insect treatment in the UK. Woodworms can cause expensive, irreversible structural problems to furniture and buildings during their larval or “worm” stage of life. Our expert staff offers removal, preventative maintenance and analysis of damage that these destructive pests cause. We welcome a range of projects, from simple extermination to complex structural timber infestation. Removal of these insects is a time-sensitive business; the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
If your business, house or investments are on the line, it’s important to leave the treatment of woodworm pests to the professionals. A small investment today can prevent a catastrophic loss tomorrow!
We are experienced with almost every wood boring insect in the UK. There is an amazing variety of species, some of which can live in completely dry wood. The most abundant in Manchester are the Common Furniture Beetle, the House Longhorn Beetle, the Wood Boring Weevil and the Death Watch Beetle.
COMMON FURNITURE BEETLE (Anobium punctatum):
Despite its name, the Common Furniture Beetle can cause major structural problems to buildings and homes. It is by far the most common type of woodworm in the UK. An attack can be identified by tiny, circular holes on the surface of the wood (1.4-2 mm diameter) and the dust shards that are left behind, which feel coarse to the touch.
Like the House Longhorn Beetle, which has long, antennae-like horns that poke out from the sides of its head, the adult Furniture Beetle can be identified by its distinct physical characteristics. Its oddly-shaped thorax creates the appearance of wearing a hooded jacket.
To remedy the problem, all affected surfaces must be chemically treated by a professional. Weakened timber must be replaced.
DEATH WATCH BEETLE (Xestobium rufuvillosum)
The Death Watch Beetle is common in old houses. Wood boring damage starts at the larva stage and can last as long as two or three years, especially in wood with fungal decay. The female can lay up to 60 eggs in one litter!
An attack can be identified by the clicking sound made by the insect when it grinds its jaws or head against the sides of the wooden tunnel while it bores. Superstition says that you hear this sound when someone is ill or on the verge of death.
The adult lengths of these beetles are controlled by their environment and can vary dramatically, from 1.1 to 11 millimeters. Like the Wood Boring Weevil, they have a reddish-brown or black exoskeleton.
Removal of this pest requires wood boring insect treatment that is similar to treating most species. The problem can be solved by replacing structural damage and professional application of certain pest-killing chemicals, which can be very dangerous for inexperienced users.
Timber infestation of woodworms can be a time-consuming problem that requires professional experience to solve, especially when dealing with more than one species. Call us today and one of our trained exterminators will explain how we can help you with your particular situation.