Woodworm is a description applied to all wood-boring insects. There are many different types of insect that attack timber in Britain.
The life cycle begins with the female beetle laying her eggs in cracks to the surface of the timber. When the eggs hatch, the beetle begins to tunnel into the timber. After several weeks the adult beetle will emerge from the timber, having caused internal damage, and begin the mating process, where the life cycle starts again.
The Assured Preservations surveyor will determine the extent of the woodworm infestation and indicate whether the infestation is active or historic.
If the infestation is found to be active, recommendations for chemical treatment will be provided. Structurally weakened timbers should be replaced prior to treatment; recommendations for this will be indicated in the surveyor’s report.