Woodworm & Other Wood-Boring Insects
Investigated & Resolved By Timber Heritage Experts
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Investigate beetle problems in heritage and modern buildings
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establishes the extent of the problem
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The best long-term solutions to control beetles
... leaving you free to move on
Timber Defects Originating From Wood Boring Insects
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We follow a scientific approach to solving beetle and rot problem affecting both heritage and modern buildings and structures, utilising non-destructive techniques to establish the extent of decay. We are regarded as one of the UK’s leading providers of expertise to investigate and control timber decay and beetle damage, for both residential and commercial clients.
Identifying beetle species
It is essential to correctly identify the species, whether it's death watch beetle, common furniture beetle, woodworm, house longhorn beetle or weevil... we need to know as it will determine the solution.
Woodwormis a colloquial term used to describe the different wood boring insects (mainly beetles), that attack timbers in buildings.
Many buildings and structures in the UK will have suffered beetle damage at some point, and although there are many species of wood boring beetle, thankfully only a handful cause significant damage in buildings. Therefore, the correct identification of beetle species becomes essential for us to be able to differentiate between those species that actually can cause significant damage to timbers, and those species which died out before or shortly after the timber components were incorporated into your property; after all, you would not want to waste money or introduce unnecessary chemical preservatives into your home or place of work if the beetle population died out centuries ago…
Additional to finding adult beetles, there are many other features that help us correctly identify species, such as studying the damage characteristics of the timber - the size and shape of flight/emergence holes, the shape of frass, (the waste product) etc, you would not expect to see the larvae unless it was a very destructive investigation, as the lavae are often embedded deep within the timber.
What caused the woodworm?
Is the beetle infestation active or old?
Is the beetle damage serious?
Timber building conservation - caring for historic timbers
Long-term solutions - recommendations
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Further reasons to work with Harper Building Diagnostics
As a leading building pathology & diagnostic consultancy we work with clients all over the UK and ... beyond
We provide transparency, great communications and excellent support
We're proud to have many clients who consider us part of their team
We regularly present at industry events and professional CPD seminars
What past clients have to say,
"I have worked together with Lee of HarperBD on historic building projects since I met him in 2011, ranging from an Abbey roof structure to a working church bellframe and each with exacting requirements
I have always been most impressed by Lee's knowledge of the causes of timber decay, which are sometimes obscure and with this knowledge his ability to identify probable consequences whereas experience and the variety of equipment he carries accurately locate problem areas in an efficient and completely non invasive way.
The data provided in descriptive and graphic form is always very clear and precise, enabling repairs to be structurally quantifiable – and as we saw on occasion actually unnecessary.
I will not hesitate to return to Lee for future investigations."
Beech Tyldesley Architects