|21st March 2013|
I was called a couple of weeks back to identify an insect in a domestic property by a tenant. The insect was a wharf borer, a type of beetle. The tenant had seen multiple insects emerging from various skirting boards. The wharf borer is an insect who's larvae feeds on wet and rotten wood.
After identification I left it with the landlord to see how he wanted to action it. Removal of the rotten timber would remove the infestation.
Two weeks later he phoned, the customer was still getting the beetles into her house. A carpenter had been into the house and had removed two skirting boards that had been damp but it had not solved the problem. He wanted the issue solving so he gave me permission to inspect the internal structure of the house by any means.
The bottom three stairs of the property were slightly loose on one side showing rot on the staircase. Access to the underneath of the stairs was via an under stairs cupboard. Using the inspection camera and a small hole in the plasterboard I could see the supporting boards on the right hand side of the stairs had become water damaged. This is where the rot had started and the beetle larvae had started to consume the timber.
Now the area of infestation had been located it was a simple job to treat with insecticide. It is now the carpenters job to replace the supporting structure of the last three stairs.
(Above) A small hole for the inspection camera.
(Above) A larger hole cut to allow treatment of the damaged area.
The damage is clear to see on the right. The damaged timber is on the floor and the support is almost entirely gone. The left side is how it should look.
Treating with insecticide before the carpenter repairs the damage.
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