Common furniture beetle and woodworm

The Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum) woodworm belongs to the family Anobiidae which contains at least twenty-two different species in Britain and includes the Death-Watch Beetle and Biscuit Beetle (Stegobium Paniceum). The “common” name with its emphasis on ‘furniture’ is inappropriate as it is most often found in structural and joinery timbers in buildings.  It tends … Continue Reading

Boron timber preservative

We have considerable experience in carrying out timber conservation work using Boron in the form of Disodium octaborate normally carried in a mono-ethylene glycol.  Boron has been used for over 50 years in the timber preservative industry, in the form of inorganic borates, and is well established as an effective fungicide with insecticidal qualities. Unlike … Continue Reading

Thermal imaging and dampness

When assessing excess water in a building you have two main categories of non-destructive site tools available: Moisture meters and thermal imaging camera to assess dampness.  The thermal imaging camera can find problems early, allowing them to be recorded and corrected before becoming serious and more costly repairs. It is important to remember thermal imaging … Continue Reading

Wood-boring insects

About wood-boring insects in buildings, the name woodworm is given to the larval stage of the beetle, the larvae bores through and eats the sapwood which is very edible.  These insects are all originally forest dwellers and part of the natural recycling process. A tree is then cut into different sections at the sawmill, some … Continue Reading