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. Beetles emerge between May and September 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. Our expert technicians will give you a full and complete free survey of the property identifying the cause and necessary treatment required. We will also identify any underlying damp problem which may be as simple as lack of ventilation in a confined space but typically the infected wood requires a higher than usual moisture content even if the rest of the building is dry.

Woodworm Ireland

Do we have woodworm in Ireland and what type of woodworm in Ireland? The simple answer to that question is yes. There are several variety of woodworm in Ireland and all can be treated effectively. The most common types are

Common furniture beetle

Deathwatch beetle

House longhorn beetle

Wharf borer beetle

Powder post beetle.

There are several more less common types of beetle but all these types of woodworm found in Ireland can be treated once they are correctly identified and at Timber care Ltd we have best woodworm treatment Ireland has to offer and we guarantee to cure the problem entirely. You will have no more woodworm problems. So what do you need to look for to see if it really is woodworm in Ireland

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. Adult beetles emerge between May and October each year and will continue to infect surrounding areas.

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 a 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 surveyor will investigate fully and determine the type of treatment specific to your needs.

To eradicate this problem 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 pressures pray to provide long lasting protection.

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


                                         Typical signs of woodworm

All Timber care Ltd woodworm treatments carry a 20 year fully transferable guarantee.


If you think you have a Woodworm problem you can book a free survey with us

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