Woodworm in French

Can anyone tell me the french word for woodworm please... And recommend a product to get rid of the blighters?

xylophene is the product i've seen in the brico places when we were looking last time we were over. However i brought ours across from england

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Awesome - thanks Kim

Hi Georgina, we have the same problem. After months of research we have just order these plugs from a French company, we will be injecting them with Xylophene from the local bricodepot. We chose plugs because we didn't want to have to sand off all the paint/varnish on all the beams and because this system was recommended by a friend that used it years ago and hasn't had any problems since. Web site for plugs is; https://shop.strato.com/epages/62052377.sf/sec6fc03645ee/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62052377/Categories

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Capricorns make much larger holes than what we usually call woodworm. There holes can be as large as a pencil.

Thank you Brian. Sounds good.

Yes, longhorn or capricorne if it is a night scratcher. You can get plugs that look like the rawlplugs you put in to hold screws. They have a slow release pyretrum compound in them that not only kills the ones you have but protects the area for a few years.

Thank you Ben! Yes it's just a couple of places. I thought it was a mouse scratching away but came round to this little beastie after some research. Mostly quiet - seem most active in the evening.

There are several species, each identifiable by the diameter of the little holes they leave. But if you really can hear them munching at your wood then its almost certain to be one of the many kinds of the longhorn beetle (coléoptère in French). If it's localized in a small part of the wood then you can try to kill the buggers. You need to inject the affected area with a solution containing Pyrethrum such as Spritex. But act quickly, they can destroy the woodwork in a roof within a few years.

Thank you Martha

It's only a small area (at the moment). I can hear them munching away.

It is called capricorne, I think, but I know of no specific product. You need to get in a specialist if you have a serious infestation. Liogier are pretty good. http://www.liogier-determitage.fr/index.html

Hey All.

I realise I maybe a little late to this conversation. But I was wondering if anyone could advise how best to find a specialist in tackling woodworm.

My google searches have thus far not come up with much.

I live in the Saone & Loire Area if anyone can recommend anyone specific.


Hi Stuart and Welcome to our Forum…

Why not contact @robert_moon

he is a Professional Pest Controller and you will see his good advice all over this Forum…

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Feel free to PM me, or happy to answer general questions as other members might be able to offer solutions.

I’m in the Cher, so not so far from you!

Kind regards

PS, Thanks Stella!

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Hi Robert. We are buying a small village Maison in Lathus, near Poitiers, Department 86. The roof is infested with wood worm evidence. I think it needs gas irradiation.
Can you recommend any pest treatment agents in this region please? Cheers John E.

Make sure you deal with any damp as well.

Hi John
Guêpes & Frelons 87 have a good rep in your area. I think they do wood treatment. Not sure about gas irradiation though!

They have a website if you seasrch their name, and they speak English.

Good luck

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How often should one have the whole house treated for wood munching bugs?

Robert is probably the best person to comment but I believe that the modern thinking is that controlling damp is the key - not only will woodworm not lay eggs on dry wood but most fungi will not attack dry wood either.


Bang on! Read the tin, it will say guaranteed for 10 or 20 years . The "" will be under ideal lab conditions, like VW exhaust emissions, so constant temperature, humidity (or lack of) air flow etc.

It is impossible to treat all the wood, i.e behind walls etc, but when you start seeing activity; sawdut on the floor, ten give it a go. I last treated my beams around 2012 and my houst is still upright. Touch wood!