Get Rid of Woodworm/Furniture Beetles | Woodworm Removal Specialists - PEST UK

Providing pest control services in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire. Est. 1985.

Get rid of woodworm/furniture beetles

Prices from £100 +VAT

To get rid of woodworm or furniture beetles from your home or business premises call 0800 026 0308

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The treatment is guaranteed to prevent fresh infestations of the treated areas of the timber for up to 10-years.
  • New exit holes will appear for up to 6-years after treatment.
  • Terms & conditions apply.

Exit holes in wood is a sign of woodwormHoles in wooden furniture and beams are made by the larva of woodworm or furniture beetles as they exit the wood.

Problems with the structure of a property are often only noticed once a survey is done during a sale/purchase. Some surveyors will say ‘evidence of wood boring beetles’ in houses of a certain age to cover themselves. The adult (this is the Furniture Beetle) is a naturally occurring beetle in the UK and lays eggs on dead trees, normally pine but other woods in a greater state of decay will be chosen.

Preparation you must undertake prior to treatment

The insecticide will be more effective on dust free surfaces

  • Lofts – remove all items and insulation from lofts.
  • Floorboards and joists – lift carpets, plasterboard and other coverings.

Please note: Our technicians can do limited work of this nature but we are not builders and cannot be reasonable for any damage.


  • Keep people and pets away from treated surfaces until dry (if bare skin comes into contact with the insecticide whilst wet then wash it thoroughly).
  • Leave windows open to ventilate the area.


How our treatment works

We treat the infested accessible timber with an insecticide containing a special timber treatment formulation. This will not kill any woodworm living within the wood but kill any eggs laid on the treated surfaces. This formulation of insecticide will last many years but as it won’t kill any woodworm already within the wood they’re may be activity (adults Furniture beetles and new exit holes in the wood) for up to 6-years after treatment. Many timbers in a house are boxed off or inaccessible for treatment but the Furniture Beetles are more likely to lay eggs on easily accessed timbers but not exclusively.


Products we use

The technician will state which insecticide has been used on the report they give you after they have completed the treatment. Click the product to access its safety data sheet. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non-tainting and don’t corrode or stain.


Facts about woodworm/furniture beetles

The adults don’t feed on wood but on pollen. Some may not feed at all and as in a lot of insects and beetles the adults main function is to mate and lay eggs. Furniture beetles coming across timber in buildings treat it as they would a dead tree, they lay eggs on it. The eggs hatch into small grubs which bore into the wood. This causes the damage. Too much boring leads to the weakening of the timber.

The larva can stay in the wood for up to 6 years but normally it emerges in under 3 years. It is often 6 years in buildings as the artificial conditions in a building effect the lifecycle. When the larva is ready to pupate it bores its way to near the surface of the wood and pupates. The adult beetle then emerges from the pupa in Spring or early Summer (again this may be different inside buildings due to the conditions inside) and chews its way out the remaining wood and flies away. This leaves behind the familiar woodworm ‘exit holes’. Fine gritty powder is also ejected from the exit holes at this stage. The adult Beetles mate and lay eggs on the wood which hatch out, the young larva then bore into the wood and the life cycle (and damage) continues. Treatment is more a long term slowing down of the problem.