Woodworm Treatment Specialists Ireland

Woodworm treatment specialists Ireland

Woodworm Treatment 

There are many questions about woodworm treatments that often go unanswered.

Do woodworm treatments work?

What is the best wood worm treatment?

Where can I find a reputable wood worm treatment company?

Where can I find a professional wood worm treatment company?

How good is a wood worm guarantee?

Where can I get a free wood worm survey?

Where can I get a free wood worm quote?

What kind of wood worm do I have?

Are wood worm dangerous?

There are so many questions and unfortunately most will go un-answered or at least you will get long winded babble that doesn’t really answer your question.

Here at Timber Care Ltd we are woodworm treatment specialists and we answer all your questions directly and to the point.

So Do woodworm treatments work? In a straight answer. The methods and chemical spray that Timber Care Ltd use to treat woodworm here in Ireland works very effectively and will remove all woodworm from your property. Timber Care Ltd are a reputable woodworm treatment company and are only a phone call away 085 855 5897

Timber Care Ltd differ from many of the other companies out there in that we do not just use general operatives to repair and replace damaged timbers and rotten wood. We use full trades carpenters that are the most professional in the field of timber replacements. After all, a carpenters trade is all about timber! We pride ourselves on the fact that we are a very professional woodworm treatment company

We issue a full 20 year guarantee for all our woodworm treatments and we stand over that guarantee. We use Wykamol Michrotech products which are the best on the market and we ensure a complete service including all receipts, guarantees and compliable paperwork.

You can even pass the guarantee on to the next homeowner subject to Timber Care Ltd conducting a follow up survey to ensure no sub-standard work has been carried out by another contractor that may affect your guarantee.

Timber care Ltd give a full free woodworm treatment survey and there are no hidden costs. We will give you a free no obligation quote so you have nothing to lose by getting us to check your property. We will tell you the cost of woodworm treatment as it differs per property and level of infestation and if you are happy with our quote which is sent by text or email and employ us to do the work we will give you a full report with all compliable paperwork.

Woodworm are not dangerous but may have an effect on certain skin conditions, something that is open for debate and best left in the hands of the medical professionals. The only real danger is when they weaken the structural integrity of your building so it is best to get rid of any infestation as soon as possible.

Just call the woodworm treatment experts 085 855 5897 or email us thecure@timbercare.ie


Woodworm Ireland

There are several different types of woodworm in Ireland all of which can be treated effectively. Here are a few that will give you an idea of what to look for.

If you have woodworm in Meath, Cavan, Louth, Kildare or WestMeath then we are on your doorstep and only a call away. Woodworm in Ireland is curable and all woodrot problems can be repaired.

Common Furniture Beetle  (Anobium Punctatum)


Average Beetle Length: 2.7mm to 4.5mm

Flight holes: 2mm

Frass: Wood dust / oblong pellets

First officially recorded in Ireland: 1893

Distribution: widespread

The common furniture beetle is our most common woodboring beetle and is found all over Ireland. Contrary to its name it does not just attack furniture and its distribution is widespread

This type of woodworm is light brown/green in colour and it bores its way through its preferred timber which is the sapwood of both hardwood and softwood. This means that it is quite an energetic and troublesome insect to have in your house. It can cause quite extensive damage and when it is done it will fly off looking for more wood to lay its eggs and start again

Frass from the common furniture beetle look like wood dust and oblong pellets.


Death Watch Beetle  (Xestobium Rufovillosum)



Average Beetle Length: 6mm to 8mm

Flight holes: 2mm

Frass: Wood dust / bun shaped pellets

First officially recorded in Ireland: 1953

Distribution: widespread

First signs of damage:   2mm diameter holes.   Damp hardwood.   Creepy tapping sound!

This type of woodworm is dark brown to light brown in colour. Its favourite woods are rotting Elm and Oak but will infest other types of wood. Its’ larvae is an energetic tunneller and will cause extensive damage to structural timbers if not treated.

Its name comes from the tapping sound it makes to attract mates. It is heard at night and is similar to the waiting in Victorian times at the watch over a dying person where the clock could be heard ticking in the background. People would throw out furniture thinking the house was haunted but alas it was this innocent hungry little beetle!


 House Longhorn Beetle  (Hylotrupes Bajulus)



Average Beetle Length: 10mm to 20mm

Flight holes: 6mm to 10mm oval shaped

Frass: long slightly curved pellets

First officially recorded in Ireland: 1898

Distribution: widespread

First signs of damage: 4mm to  8mm diameter holes. Sometimes leaving scarring on the surface of furniture and structural timbers where they sometimes break through to the surface

This type of woodworm is Dark brown in colour and quite long with long antennae at the front. This wood-boring beetle prefer young sapwoods but will infest older sapwoods as well.

The House Longhorn beetle is the type of woodworm that causes extensive damage because it leaves such large holes in the timber and is an energetic type of woodworm. When it emerges from the infected timer it will fly around looking for more wood to lay its eggs.


Wharf Borer Beetle  (Nacerdes Melanura)


Average Beetle Length: 10mm to 12mm

Flight holes: 8mm

Frass: soft filled in tunnels

First officially recorded in Ireland: 1902

Distribution: Mainly Coastal

First signs of damage: large 8mm holes

This type of woodworm is Orang/brown in colour with long antennae and darker legs. It prefers rotting soft and hardwoods. It was often found in old wharf buildings and is common around the coast of Ireland from north to south. It has also been discovered in very damp houses

Causes extensive damage due to the large exit holes


Powder Post beetle. (Lyctus brunneus)


Average Beetle Length: 3mm to 6mm

Flight holes: 1mm to 2mm

Frass: soft sandy like talc

First officially recorded in Ireland:

Distribution: widespread

First signs of damage small 1mm holes

This type of woodworm is Red / Brown colour. Its preferred timber is young sapwood although it has been known to infest other wood types. Powderpost beetles are divided into two major groups depending on the specific type of beetle and the type of timber they attack as well as size, frass etc. True powderpost beetles attack the sapwood of freshly cut hardwoods such as oak, ash, hickory, walnut, mahogany and similar species. Damage is generally confined to the sapwood portions of timber though damage may occur in heartwood. False Powder post beetles  False powderpost beetles are most common in wood that is more than 10 years old. They prefer to feed in sapwood (the portion of the wood from the outside edge of the tree) but may feed in all wood. False powderpost beetles take 2 to 3 years to emerge, so damage accumulates slowly, but over time, may turn everything to dust! Hence the name ‘Powder Post’

This woodworm beetle can cause a lot of damage


Theses are some of the more common types of woodworm found in Ireland and all can be treated effectively with the best woodworm treatment. We treat woodworm in Meath, Louth, Dublin, Kildare, Cavan and West Meath but we are prepared to travel and cover all of Ireland. If you have woodworm in Ireland just drop us a line and we will give you a free no obligation quote and recommend the best woodworm treatment that will guarantee to cure the problem. Woodworm treatment in Ireland is just a call away.

Call the experts!

085 855 5897 / 049 855 4593




Woodworm and wood rot

Is it Woodworm


Continuing from my previous blog on woodworm where I gave a general overview of woodworm and woodworm problems I will answer some of the more common questions on the subject


How do I know it is woodworm?

There are quite a few identifying markers that indicate woodworm and also some similarities with other timber or wood rot problems that initially may indicate something else. For example both woodworm and dry rot can lead to crumbling timber that snaps easily but the difference is in the structural change that takes place once the infestation has taken hold. Woodworm larvae eat into the wood burrowing and tunnelling therefore weakening the wood. Dry Rot also eats into the wood but as a fungi that also transports a certain amount of water with it. Dry rot breaks down the fibres of the wood from the inside and weakens it.


So how do we know the difference between dry rot and woodworm?

There are many differences between dry rot and woodworm and to identify the difference initially you just have to look for a few tell tale signs that will tell you if it is woodworm or dry rot. Woodworm leave exit holes when the beetle emerges. These holes vary in size depending on the type of woodworm. This is why you will see many holes in the wood like someone has thrown darts or stuck a compass into the wood several times. The amount of holes is indicative of the level of woodworm or the length of time they have been there. They will often keep re-infesting the same area. See my page  for a thorough breakdown of different types of woodworm in Ireland, their general location and when they were first recorded.

close up woodworm damage


Close up dry rot damage


Are woodworm dangerous

 The simple answer to whether woodworm are dangerous or not is no, unless you have an underlying medical condition that is exacerbated by dust or mites etc or indeed damp conditions because as a general rule woodworm like damp conditions. If you feel however that your health is ever in question you must seek advice from a health care professional. Although woodworm prefer damp conditions I have found them in very dry conditions once they are established contrary to the norm.


Are there different types of woodworm

There are several species of woodworm that feast on our timber here in Ireland. On my webpage https://www.timbercare.ie/ourservices#woodworm  there is a detailed description of each type and potential damage and also what to look for to identify the type of woodworm you may have.


What is the best treatment for woodworm

 There are many treatments for woodworm some good and some not so good in my opinion.

The best way to treat woodworm is first remove any infected timber that is clearly damaged to a point where it is weak or crumbling and any infected wood that you can get rid of, do so. If you cannot remove timbers for one reason or another such as a decorative antique widow board or grandmas old rocking chair then don’t worry, woodworm treatments can eradicate all stages of the woodworm cycle once properly and professionally applied. That is why it is best to use a professional woodworm service that guarantees results. I use several different woodworm treatments from a company called wykamol that have been involved in the industry for a very long time and constantly keep up with improvements in chemical research that not only eradicates woodworm but also considers enviromental and health issues where any such treatments are necessary. Nowadays there are very concentrated treatments for woodworm that have no volatile organic components and you can even re-enter the property within an hour in some cases.


All in all woodworm is treatable and we are here to do just that with a professional approach at all times. We will look at all damp issues and give you the best advice about woodworm and the best advice about all timber and wood rot problems.


Drop us a line thecure@timbercare.ie

Phone 085 855 5897

Phone 049 855 4593

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What is woodworm

Woodworm are not actually worms but are the Larvae of wood boring beetles. There are a number of different wood boring beetles in Ireland that have the same effect on the structural integrity of the timber they infest. Basically they lay their eggs in cracks in the wood and the larvae bore their way in and feed creating tunnels that weaken the infected timber. Woodworm beetles emerge between May and September/October and this is where you see the tell-tale holes in the wood. You may have death watch beetle or wood boring weevil to name just two. Wood boring weevil is usually found in instances where rotting wood has already occurred. Indeed, where there is a woodworm problem it is often the case that a building has an underlying damp problem. Timber Care Ltd are experts in the wood rot and timber treatment business and all damp problems. It is important to employ good qualified wood rot and damp proof surveyors that will identify any underlying damp problem which may be as simple as lack of ventilation but typically the infected wood requires a higher than usual moisture content even if the rest of the building is dry. Sometimes you will see crumbling or very weak wood that appears rotten or very wet. This may be wet rot or dry rot. However in cases of woodworm, the most identifying feature are the tiny flight holes.

 Signs of woodworm infestation are

Small holes in the timber showing powder/dust (faeces), known as ‘frass’ around the holes.

Weak timbers that may crumble when touched or snap easily

You may even see the beetles themselves

 How serious is woodworm ?

It is a major problem if it is left untreated and requires specialist treatment.

Woodworm beetles return to the same place each year causing even more damage and will only look for somewhere else when there is nothing left for the larvae to feed on. Some wood will remain strong if the woodworm infestation is not too advanced but in severe cases of woodworm the wood will simply crumble and this is where structural timbers can be weak and dangerous. Over a period of time they will continue to infect everything around them so the sooner you treat woodworm the better and total eradication is necessary.

Woodworm Treatment

Woodworm infestation can be a major problem in any building and requires thorough eradication. Nothing must be left behind, therefore, after removal of badly infected or weakened timbers a chemical treatment that penetrates the timber by diffusion is best. Water based treatments allow the chemical to soak into the  timber whilst eventually lowering or removing the moisture as much as possible therefore protecting the timber. This of course is dependent on the type of timber infected. Some timbers will take longer to penetrate while others will allow ingression to a higher degree. Our surveyors will investigate fully and determine the type of treatment specific to your needs.

Timber Care Ltd only use the best and most effective woodworm treatments on the market in order to completely eradicate the infestation. We use an insecticide treatment from Wykamol based on microemulsion technology which produces a formulation with a particle size in the nanometre range. This tiny particle size allows the formulation to penetrate deep into the timber in order to deliver the active ingredient  (insecticide) to prevent or eradicate wood boring insect attack.  It is effective against all life stages of wood boring insects. It has virtually no odour and can be applied either by brush or low pressure spray to provide long lasting protection.

The formulation is water-based producing a non-flammable, quick drying product containing no volatile organic compounds

Timber Care Ltd are experts in woodworm treatments and all types of rotting wood. What makes us different is that our highly trained technicians carry out all our woodworm and wood-rot treatments but all timber replacements are carried out by fully trained trades carpenters who have a far greater understanding of timber replacements than anyone. After all it is a carpenters job to know and understand the structural integrity of timber.

Our expert technicians will give you a full and complete free survey of the property identifying the cause and necessary treatment required.

All Timber care Ltd woodworm treatments carry a 20 year fully transferable guarantee. This means that you can pass this guarantee on to the next owner if you sell your property.

For a quick reply to any of your woodworm problems just fill in the contact form below

or call 049 855 4593 / 085 855 5897 where you can get us anytime




Damp problems

Damp problems Ireland


Timber Care LTD is a company with the answers to all your damp and wood rot problems. We deal with Wet Rot, Dry Rot andWoodworm with the most up to date fungicidal and biocidal treatments. We treat all damp problems such as rising damp and penetrating damp and it doesn’t matter how big the problem is. We will give you the best solution and carry out a complete service in building repairs and construction. Timber Care Ltd are also one of the few approved contractors authorised by Hambleside Danelaw to install their Dryseal roofing system which gives you a completely sealed watertight roof with breathability, necessary in combatting condensation and other damp problems.  All our remedial treatments come with a 20 year fully transferable guarantee and all our Dryseal roofs comes with a 20 year insurance backed guarantee. While our fully trained technicians carry out our remedial treatments we ensure that all our timber replacements are carried out by carpenters. This means that your damp and wood rot problems are solved effectively and any timber replacements are carried out professionally. Timber care LTD was started by Martin O’Reilly, a trades carpenter who served his time in historic buildings and has over 35 years experience in the damp proofing and refurbishment business.

If you have any damp problems just give us a call on 049 8554593 or call the mobile on 085 8555897 where you can reach us anytime

or fill in the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible