The Problem

Wood – boring insect attack can cause structural damage in buildings and can be unsightly. There are a number of wood boring insects that attack a variety of timbers in properties in the U.K.

Wood – boring insects infestation is commonly described as woodworm. The life cycle of the wood boring beetle is normally always near completion before most property owners are even aware they have a problem. After mating the female beetle will lay her eggs into cracks and on the rough surfaces of the structural timbers; these will then hatch and begin tunnelling into the timber.

The number of eggs and larvae of the beetle will vary according to the species. Larvae will pupate and after several weeks the adult beetles will develop and commence boring their way out of the timber to mate. Having mated the female beetle will again lay her eggs on the timber and the life cycle starts all over again.

furniture beetle
beetle larva

The Solution

Olympic Construction have over 20 years of experience in the treatment of these insect pests. Our fully trained and experienced surveyors will correctly determine whether treatment is necessary in the first place. The wrong identification of the insects can often lead to costly and unnecessary treatments.

Our Surveyors will identify: –

  • The type of insect and extent of the infestation
  • Whether the infestation is active or inactive
  • How much structural damage, if any, has occurred

Following Inspection:

We shall draw up the correct specification for the eradication of the insect infestation, and state any special requirements for difficult pests e.g. Death Watch Beetle or House Longhorn.

The three most common wood-boring insects are: –

    • Common Furniture Beetle

By far the most common insect estimated to infest about 75% of properties in the United Kingdom. All buildings over 30 years old are susceptible to infestation by this insect.

    • Death Watch Beetle

This insect confines itself to infesting large sectioned hardwoods, often associated with an attack of wet rot.

    • Wood Boring Weevils

Wood weevil is an insect that prefers extreme damp conditions and decay. Chemical treatment is therefore not always necessary as dry timbers will not be affected by weevil.


For over 20 years Olympic Construction have been specialists in the eradication of woodworm for both domestic and commercial properties- from the most common woodworm, the common furniture beetle to other species including House Longhorn beetle and Death Watch beetle.
We at Olympic Construction are specialists in identifying the type of woodworm infestation and ultimately the eradication of the woodworm problem. With a long-term guarantee you can be sure that your woodworm problem will be gone for good. Woodworm Treatment & Surveys  in Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Stockport & Cheshire

Would you like to talk?

If you have any questions please call us on Oldham 0161 633 9860,
Wilmslow 01625 900 800
or contact us and we will be happy to answer any of your questions or make arrangements to undertaken an inspection.