This pest is a serious problem for homeowners in Ireland, with thousands of households affected each year. Woodworm is caused by wood-boring beetles, which in extreme cases, can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of a home. As a result, it is essential for prospective home buyers to be aware of the risks posed by woodworm and to take the necessary steps to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Woodworm is caused by wood-boring beetles, which can be divided into two main types: powder post beetles and deathwatch beetles. The powder post beetle is the most common type of woodworm found in Ireland. These small insects are around 2-3mm long and feed on wood, leaving behind small holes and a powder-like residue. Deathwatch beetles also feed on wood, but they are larger, up to 7mm in length, and they create much larger holes.
Woodworm can cause considerable damage to the structural integrity of a home, and it can be difficult to detect without the help of a professional. If left untreated, woodworm can cause weakening of the timber and ultimately lead to collapse of timbers that are supporting the roof or acting as lintels. That’s why it is so important for prospective home buyers to have a building survey conducted before making a purchase.
A Building Surveyor or Engineer will be able to identify any signs of woodworm and recommend the necessary steps to rectify the problem. This may involve treating the affected area with pesticides and/or replacing any damaged timber. In some cases, a full structural survey may also be required to assess the extent of the damage.
At HomeCheck, we understand the importance of identifying and treating woodworm infestations. Our experienced team of Building Surveyors and Engineers can carry out comprehensive pre-purchase surveys to identify any signs of woodworm and recommend the best course of action. If you’re looking to buy a home in Ireland and you’re concerned about woodworm, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.