Timber Preservation can be carried out by PRS Manchester for buildings affected by both dry rot and wet rot without delay.

Common Furniture Beetle often referred to as Wood Worm

A survey of a property in Moston, Manchester where the owners had fallen through a section of the floor revealed the infestation of Wood Worm.

Discarded timbers from an old infestation had allowed the Common Furniture Beetles to infest the ground floor timbers in the hallway.

The life cycle of the Common Furniture Beetle or Anobium Punctatum to give the beetle its Latin title, is 3-5 years, during the larvae stage of the life cycle they eat away at the timbers crating small tunnels with bore dust in them, this continues until the larvae pupates and transforms in to the adult beetle which eats its way to the surface and emerges between April and September to mate and lay the next eggs to start the next generation.

Wood Worm is not as common as it used to be as modern houses are heated and drier than the older housing stock

The concentration of the common furniture beetle infestation was to the point that some of the floor boards had failed as the owners walked over the timbers. Luckily the carpeting prevented a fall into the over site.

Treating the Common Furniture Beetle

Rather than patch up the section where the Wood Worm had caused this failure the timbers were renewed.

In Light infestations spray treatment with an insecticide is usually sufficient treatment.

The surrounding area of timber floor boards and joists were treated with an insecticide to ensure the adjoining area were free from beetles that may have flown to other timbers in the ground floor.

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