The Basics

The beetle lay their eggs within the wood, hatch and are in the larval stage for about three years, feeding off of the cellulose in the wood product. Woodworms are beetles in the larval phase of life. It takes about three years for the worm to mature into a beetle. This insect crawls out from inside the wood, and the cycle starts over again, doing more damage.

Woodworms Cause Damage to Homes

All wood products in the structure of the home, around the house and wood products, sitting throughout the home contain a material called cellulose, and this cellulose is what the woodworm eats. If the owner has wood furniture and there are woodworms in the home, there is a real possibility that the furniture is affected by this worm as well. This worm creates tunnels within the wood that weaken the timber structure over time. The owner will notice small holes bored into the wood with areas of dust near the holes or on the floor. If the infestation of woodworm is great, the homeowner finds more considerable damage to weakened structures. Owners need to look for sawdust and tiny holes within wood items.


It is advisable to call in a professional to rid the home of woodworm because much of the damage this bug does to the home is unseen. This professional will determine what kind of damage the worm did and to what extent the infestation present.

woodworm damageThe professional treats the outside of the wood by spraying a solution over the surface of the wood, which in turn kills any beetles that emerge from the wood This breaks the egg, larvae cycle. This solution remains on the wood, thus preventing any further infestations. The professional may find it necessary to treat the infestation with fumigation methods or chemical treatments.

A more eco-friendly way to treat woodworm uses a boric acid mixture, non-toxic wood stains, and microwave heat. If the infestation is significant and the professional finds a lot of damage to wood structures, the owner will have to replace the wood to re-strengthen the structure.