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Woodworm Treatment FAQs

Woodworm Treatment FAQs

Author: Danny Neill - Operations Manager at Platinum Chemicals Ltd

Woodworm Treatment FAQ's

'Woodworm Season' in the UK normally happens during the months of March and September, although this can vary depending on the climate.

Woodworm is a pest problem which can cause a number of headaches and, if left untreated, has the potential to cause some serious damage to timbers ranging from basic home furniture to wooden floors and structural beams.

If you are concerned about woodworm, or if you have seen signs of it, or are just looking to protect the wood in your property to prevent future attack, we’ve put together some answers to the frequently asked Woodworm Treatment questions (FAQ's).

Q: Can you treat Woodworm yourself?

A: You can treat minor Woodworm outbreaks on your own by using a Permethrin-Based Chemical (such as Lignum I62.5) or a Boron Based Chemical whilst taking the usual labour hygiene into account.

In some cases however, such as a mass outbreak where structural timbers are badly damaged, it may be best to consult a professional.

Q: What is the best treatment for Woodworm?

A: There are a number of Woodworm treatments that can be effective if used properly. A Permethrin Based Treatment with a 0.2% w/w Permethrin Content (or higher), once diluted, is sufficient for Woodworm eradication. We would recommend using Lignum I62.5 Woodworm Treatment or Woodguard Insecticide.


Q: How do you know if Woodworm is active?

A: The most common sign of active woodworm is the appearance of small holes with diameter of 1mm - 2mm. Live infestation of Woodworm show a light cream bore hole dust (also known as frass) around the holes.

Adult Beetles do not feed on timbers. Typically, the adults lay eggs on or just under the surface of the timbers, which the resulting grubs feed on causing structural damage.

This process occurs before the grub pupates and hatches as beetles, which also breed, lay eggs, and repeat the cycle to cause further damage.

Q: How do you kill Woodworm yourself?

A: If the woodworm outbreak is ‘minor’ and only affecting items such as furniture, window sills etc... you can effectively treat Woodworm with an application of a Permethrin-based Woodworm Treatment such as Lignum I62.5 Insecticide on these timbers.

Mass Woodworm outbreaks may require professional assistance.

Q: Will Vinegar kill Woodworm?

A: The short answer is No. Using Vinegar as a ‘treatment’ will only disturb the Woodworm and possibly force them out of the timbers temporarily. Vinegar will not eradicate or kill the Adult Beetles or Larvae.

It's best to use a Permethrin-Based Treatment such as Lignum I62.5 Insecticide to stop Woodworm in its tracks.

Q: How bad is Woodworm?

A: Woodworm left untreated may soon manifest into a more widespread issue which could result in expensive repair costs.

Timber weakens every time Woodworm bores another ‘tunnel’. Such damage to structural beams can potentially be costly for the homeowner.

Q: How do you stop Woodworm from spreading?

A: Lignum Woodworm Treatments are based on micro-emulsion technology which produces a formulation with a particle size in the nanometre range.

This tiny particle size then allows the formulation to penetrate deep into the wood to deliver the active ingredient (an insecticide) to prevent or eradicate wood boring insect attack and prevent re-infestation.

Q: How long does Woodworm live for?

A: Woodworm 'Larvae' has between a 2 and 5 Year life cycle inside timbers where it ‘eats’ its way through the wood creating small ‘tunnels’ (holes of 1mm - 2mm in diameter) and eventually weakening the structure.

A creamy coloured dust, known as ‘frass’, is the waste product produced by woodworm as it bores its way through the wood.

Once woodworm reaches the 'Adult' Stage, Female Beetles live between 10 and 14 days, whereas Male Beetles only live between 3 and 4 days.

Unlike the ‘Larvae’, Adult Beetles DO NOT feed on timbers. During their short lifespan the male beetles' sole purpose is to mate with as many female partners as possible and continue the cycle.

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