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Keeping your wooden furniture in top condition can only be achieved with proper care and consideration for the environment it is placed in. Wood is admired for its longevity and ability to age well but when an issue such as woodworm arises, it may not be easy to spot. Some types of wood are particularly prone to woodworm infestations such as antique furniture, beech, birch, cherry and spruce so it is important to be observant of these. Early identification is crucial so to help you prevent further damage, here’s our guide on how to detect woodworm!

Small Holes
You may need a good eye to spot these, but keep an eye out for small round exit holes as this may be a tell-tale sign of an infestation. The holes may be approximately 2mm in size and it depends on the level of infestation.

Powdery Dust
Fine dust may be an indication of adult beetles which are normally visible below the affected area of timber. The insects’ faeces (known as frass) may also be found near the small exit holes or on the underside of old furniture.

Crumbling Wood
If an infestation develops, crumbling wood may appear around corners, edges, joists or floorboards. This is caused due to wear and tear around the multiple woodworm exit holes.

Although these are hard to see, tunnels can be spotted if you cut through and inspect the timber. If you notice a number of small tunnels in the wood, then this may be a sign of woodworm.

Weak or Damaged Floorboards
Another sign of woodworm is if you notice weak or damaged flooring and in extreme cases, a chair leg may be able to go through the floor. However, in some cases this may be due to a wet or dry rot issue so it is worth investigating the other signs first.

If you spot beetles emerging from holes in your wood, then you can consider this as a clear sign of woodworm. Adult beetles often arise from timbers between May and October.

Dead Beetles
If you observe dead beetles close to the exit holes in your wood, then you may still have a woodworm issue. These are usually found near the infested area or at windowsills if they are nearby. However, this may also be an indication of a previous woodworm issue that is no longer active so it is worth investigating.

Sometimes, not all of these signs may be a cause for concern, but it is worth investigating your wood just in case. To view our full range of wood oils and treatments, please click here. You can also keep up to date with our latest wood guides on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Post By Nicole Sage