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Woodworm Treatment Essex

If you think that you may have woodworm, then it’s essential to seek professional woodworm treatment in Essex. At Benham Preservation, we are specialists in delivering quality, affordable woodworm treatment in Essex to domestic and commercial clients. Our effective services and woodworm treatment in Essex are designed for the complete remedial solution for woodworm. If you think you have woodworm, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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    What is woodworm?

    Several insects, mainly beetles, use wood as a food source. Some of them can cause serious damage to building timbers. The beetles all have fairly similar life cycles, although there are variations in the length of each stage in cycles, the type of wood attacked, and the extent and type of damage caused. Wood boring insects commonly found in building timbers fall into one of three categories according to the treatment normally required. If you discover any of the below, you’ll require woodworm treatment in Essex.

    Sound Wood

    Insects are a primary cause of serious damage in sound wood, and these require an insecticidal woodworm treatment in Essex (e.g. Common Furniture Beetle). Some can cause structural damage (e.g. Deathwatch beetle and House Longhorn beetle).

    Wet Wood

    Some insects are only able to feed on damp wood rotted by fungi (e.g. Wood Boring Weevil). These are prevented by the control of wood rot with the right woodworm treatment in Essex.


    Other insects attack green or partially dry timbers which may be incorporated into buildings. These have generally been killed by the drying process and woodworm treatment in Essex is not usually required. Insects that normally feed on other materials, only boring into wood to make short refuge tunnels, are included in this category. Removal of the food source will prevent further damage.

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    Woodworm Treatment Essex

    What are the signs of woodworm infestation?

    It can be difficult to identify if you have a woodworm infestation as the damage is often caused inside the timber. However, there are a few signs that you can look out. If you spot any of the below, it’s vital that you contact professionals for woodworm treatment in Essex.

    • Small round holes in your woodwork, typically 1mm to 2mm in diameter.
    • Fine, powdery dust around these holes (known as frass).
    • Crumbly edges to boards and joists.
    • Tunnels within the timber.
    • Weak or damaged timbers or flooring.
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    Where is woodworm found?

    Woodworms can be found in several types of wood surfaces including:

    • Floorboards.
    • Furniture.
    • Joists/beams.
    • Roof timbers.
    • Painted wooden surfaces.
    • Joinery and structural timbers
    • Decorative woodwork
    • And more.
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    Woodworm Treatment Essex

    What happens if woodworm is not treated?

    If you spot woodworm in the UK it’s essential that undertake woodworm treatment in Essex immediately. If untreated, woodworm contributes to the weakening of timber, therefore compromising the structural stability of your home. If woodworm is found in timber joists, load-bearing wood, roofing, rafters and structural timber, contact specialists for woodworm treatment in Essex.

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    How can I prevent woodworm?

    There are several things you can do to prevent woodworm in your home. We recommend…

    • Keeping all wood in your home dry as wetter wood is more attractive to woodworm.
    • Keeping your home well-ventilated and heated.
    • Buying furniture made from good quality hardwood.
    • Sealing wood with varnish.
    • Checking for signs of woodworm when purchasing antique or second-hand furniture.
    • Removing infected wood from your home.
    • Replacing infected timbers.
    • Treating timber with a woodworm treatment.
    • Using flytraps to catch adult wood-boring beetles before they have a chance to mate.
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    How much does woodworm treatment in Essex cost?

    The cost of woodworm treatment in Essex will vary depending on its severity, location and treatment required. We recommend getting in touch with us for a quote based on your requirements.

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    Our Related Services

    Rising Damp Treatment

    Rising damp is the term used to describe the process of water being absorbed from the ground and through the walls of a building. Called capillary action, this process typically results in a visible ‘tide-mark’ which can be seen at around one metre up the wall. Walls surrounded by porous materials such as plaster, timber and wallpaper are likely to be impacted by rising damp. If you spot rising damp in your home or other property, it’s vital that you call professionals to take remedial action immediately. Contact us for more information.


    You may often see condensation on windows within your home. Condensation is caused by the build-up of moisture. In the home, this can occur for several reasons such as the high humidity of indoor air, low temperature of the walls/surfaces, and poor ventilation. If you notice condensation within your home, it’s vital that you find the source and act quickly. Contact us for more information.

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    Why choose us?


    Team of Professionals

    All of the high-quality services we provide are completed by our team of experts who have years of experience as damp specialists in London.

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    Competitive Prices

    We aim to make sure that all of the quality services we provide are available for a competitive price. Get in touch with us for a quote today!

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    Wide Range of Services

    We provide quality services including Woodworm, Rising Damp, Condensation, Woodworm, Dry/Wet Rot and much more!

    If you’ve been looking for reliable, effective and affordable woodworm treatment in Essex, then you’ve found the answer. Contact us today for a quote!