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A woodworm infestation starts out small but can get complicated and time-consuming as different insect breeds require different treatment methods. That’s why it’s important to know as much as possible on the subject.
So if you:
Then read along. This guide will provide you with information on woodworm treatment prices, different pest removal methods and lots of additional information.
Believe it or not, woodworms are seasonal pests. They emerge and start to look for mates between March and April, provided that the climate is warm. If it is and remains that way, a woodworm infestation is almost inevitable.
When the woodworms start their life cycle, they infest all kinds of wooden structures such as furniture, floorboards, roof timbers, joists and beams, decorative woodwork, painted wooden surfaces and even wooden tools.
Fair enough, but “how do you get woodworms in your house” you might be wondering. The wood-eaters love soft, damp timber which becomes so due to excess moisture. Rooms with poor ventilation, such as basements, lofts or roofs, have the softest wood, so that’s where infestations spring up the most.
Since the larvae feed inside the timber for a long period, it’s not always easy or even possible to know if you have an active woodworm infestation. The sure signs you need to look out for are:
The internet contains DIY methods for removing woodworms, such as white vinegar and whatnot. These might work in some cases, but this type of pest is elusive and hard to eliminate. Also, keep in mind that using chemical agents on your own can be risky because using too much of the product could damage the surface you’re treating.
Still, if you want to know more about different insecticides and how they are applied, you can check our How to get rid of woodworms naturally guide for details.
Professional woodworm exterminators, on the other hand, will carry out a proper survey of your home. Knowing what kind of wood-boring insect you are dealing with and how large the infestation is, is of crucial importance. When the survey is complete, they will present you with a report of the treatment methods they plan to use, how long it will take and how much it will cost. In the end, with professional treatment, all you lose is the infestation.
You might be wondering “is woodworm treatment expensive”. While it certainly isn’t cheap, it’s well worth it.
Same as with the cost of other pest treatments, the price can vary depending on the property. The average cost of woodworm treatment can range between £450 and £1000. That excludes the survey, mind you, which can cost around £150 to £200. The costs of woodworm treatment in lofts and roofs are also something many people want to know, as those areas are often infested.
So, the prices for different woodworm treatments look something like this.
|Treatment type||Average cost|
|Loft treatment||£400 – £900|
|Roof treatment||£400 – £900|
You will notice a stark difference between the minimum and maximum prices for each treatment, that’s because they’re always calculated based on the following factors:
The survey alone can take around two to four hours. After all, it includes checking roofs, lofts, basements as well as all wooden floors. The woodworm treatment, on the other hand, can take between one and three days, depending on your property size and extermination method.
Different methods are not only priced differently but serve different purposes, that’s why the best woodworm treatment is the one picked in accordance with your infestation.
So, what are the different treatments?
If you feel overwhelmed by the pesky pests, consider booking professional woodworm treatment. We at Fantastic Services work with fully equipped and certified pest controllers. They will perform an inspection and decide on the best woodworm treatment method.
When the service is completed, they will give you a written report and advice on how to avoid future woodworm infestations. Our guaranteed service also includes two follow-up visits scheduled in advance.
Don’t wait, book your woodworm removal today!
If you still have some questions, check below to for a potential answer.
On average, unless treated, a woodworm infestation will last between 2 and 5 years.
No, woodworms will not harm your loft insulation, but they will earth through all the wooden structures surrounding it.
Yes, but unless you’re are a restoration specialist, you’d have to give it to one. These specialists know how to reinforce the structural integrity of old weakened wood and have the proper tools for the job.
Generally, you should attack the woodworms the moment you spot them. You are most likely to see them between April and September because that’s when they’re most active. When you attack the emerging adults you lower the chance of them mating and laying eggs.
If the treatment hasn’t been successful, then yes. If the pest exterminator has forgotten to focus on internal timber and several pests have been hidden inside, they will re-emerge and re-infest.
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