What is woodworm, and what can be done about it?
Both modern and antique furniture are susceptible to attack from the furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum), commonly known as woodworm. If you notice worm holes in furniture, we recommend the following test: Place the piece on newspaper for several days, and sharply rap the affected area each day. If this process results in small piles of sawdust, chances are good that the piece is actively infested and requires professional treatment. It is wise to prevent the spread of destructive woodworm to other furniture or fixtures by keeping the piece outdoors and sealed in plastic until treated. We also suggest testing newly acquired pieces before introducing them into the home.