All woodworm consume timber in the larval stage of their life cycle. They generally create bore dust and leave behind a hole that varies in size. The tunnels they form within the timber weaken the timber to a level where it can be structurally unsafe or dangerous.
The main types of beetle are Common Furniture beetle, Death Watch beetle, Wood boring weevil and to a lesser degree House Longhorn beetle and each prefers a different type of timber. Cannon Clarke Ltd surveyors are fully trained to identify which insect is present whether it is active or inactive and to recommend an appropriate treatment – certain woodworm outbreaks do not need treatment.
Cannon Clarke Ltd use the safest (lowest toxicity) chemicals to eradicate the insect in all its stages (egg, larva, pupa and beetle). Heartwood and hardwood are more difficult for chemicals to penetrate than sapwood and softwood but appropriate specifications will be used. Heavily infested timbers will probably need replacing in some situations.
We regularly review the treatments available to ensure that only the best products are presented to our customers. We are currently recommending the use of a permethrin-based insecticidal fluid, a dual purpose insecticide and fungicide (both of which are water based), and a deep penetrating wood paste preservative designed for heavier structural timbers. All materials have extremely low HSE hazard ratings and are cleared for use in areas which may have protected Bat roosts as directed by Natural England. However, we may consider other products in specific situations.
Our operatives are trained to protect your property as they work. Cannon Clarke Ltd has been treating insect attacks for over 30 years and we recognise the importance of minimising the impact of our operations on your home and furnishings whilst ensuring we do the job properly.