Insect Infestation


A.Dobing & Co have been successfully treating buildings suffering from insect infestation for more than thirty years. Our experienced surveyors are trained to identify live infestations, discern the insect responsible, and apply the most effective treatment.

If you suspect your property is has an insect infestation, call A.Dobing & Co today to arrange an inspection.

Signs Of Insect Infestation

Although the visible signs of infestation vary according to which species is responsible, there are some clear indicators you should look out for. Infested timber is riddled with tiny holes. These are created when adult insects bore into the wood to lay their eggs, and when the new generation hatches and emerges. The presence of holes does not necessarily mean that there is an active infestation, as the damage may be caused by a previously treated problem. However, if you notice the number of holes increasing, the area of timber affected spreading, or a fine powdery dust on the surface of the timber or just beneath it, then the problem is a current one. You may also notice dead insects collected around the windows.

Types Of Insect Infestation

The types of insects found attacking timbers inside a building differ from the species which commonly live on wood outdoors. Only a handful of hardy beetles can survive the drier conditions typically found inside properties.

Common Furniture Beetle:

This is the most common cause of infestation of seasoned timber. One adult beetle can lay 20-80 eggs at a time, positioned in the crevices of the wood. After 3 or 4 weeks the egg hatches and a grub emerges, which immediately burrows through the timber. This burrowing continues for 2-4 years, until the adult beetle emerges through a characteristic flight hole in the wood. This emergence usually occurs in late Spring.

House Longhorn Beetle:

This European invader is more commonly found in the South East, especially Camberley, Walton-on-Thames, Richmond and Reading. This beetle follows the same lifecycle as the Common Furniture Beetle, but stretched over 8 years. The grub is large, and can grown up to an inch in length, so during its time burrowing through the timber it can cause substantial damage, and even structural weakness.

Death Watch Beetle:

These beetles usually only attack hardwood, and are especially fond of oak beams, which is why they are commonly found in churches. They make a characteristic tapping sound as part of the mating ritual, and it was this sound echoing through churches, which gave the beetle its name.

Wood Boring Weevil:

In order to thrive, Wood Boring Weevil must have access to wood that has been pre-digested by a type of wood rotting fungi. The presence of Wood Boring Weevil indicates double the trouble, since the timber has an insect infestation and wood rot too.

Treating Insect Infestation

Treating an insect infestation is a specialist job requiring the attention of a professional. In order for the treatment to be effective it must be targeted to the species responsible for the infestation. The chemicals used in treating insect infestations are very powerful, and their sale is restricted to suitably qualified people.

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Call A.Dobing & Co now for help with your insect infestation problem. We will arrange for a qualified surveyor to inspect your property and determine the appropriate course of treatment.    

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