Why Woodworm are a Nuisance
The word woodworm is an umbrella term for the larvae of several species of wood-boring beetles. If you have ever had experience with woodworm, then you will understand just how much of a nuisance they can be and how difficult getting rid of woodworm can be.
One of the most common ways woodworm enters a property is through second-hand furniture.
However, it is not the only way like some people think. Some of the adult wood-boring beetles can fly
and this means they can simply enter a property through an open window or door. Once inside they can
land on the surface of the wood and lay their eggs. What makes them such a troublesome pest is that they can attack wooden furniture but also wooden floorboards, joinery, rafters and joist, and all of this can damage the structural integrity of the property, especially with damaged timbers, and make it very unsafe.
How to Spot a Woodworm Infestation
When adult beetle lay eggs the woodworm larvae that hatch and burrow into the wood. The first you
typically notice of an infestation is several tiny round holes, around 2mm, in the wood of the skirting
boards, floorboards, furniture, or structural beams. Accompanying the holes, you may notice small piles
of dust. These are the clearest signs of woodworm and an active woodworm infestation. Where the
holes are white, then they are fresh, and this is the best time to deal with them. Because the eggs are so small and you don’t always notice them on the upper layer of wood, you normally only find out about a woodworm problem when you spot the structural damage.
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DEALING WITH WOODWORM
What you can do
There is DIY woodworm treatment available, but it is always best to get professionals in. When dealing
with woodworm you need to know what type of beetle larvae you are dealing with and what type of
woodworm it is, the Common Furniture Beetle or Death Watch Beetle are usual culprits.
Preventing woodworm, with property care, is the best course of action. The other things you can do
include keeping wood dry in your property, make sure your home is heated and well ventilated, seal
wooden surfaces with varnish, and remove any infected wood from your home as soon as possible.
As the most common way woodworm enters a property is through second-hand furniture you need to
be careful with what you buy. Check it for the condition of second-hand items and if there is any
indication woodworm have been near it, leave it!
What we can do
Professional woodworm treatment is the best way to go. We will investigate the problem and find out
what we are dealing with and then work out the best options for getting rid of woodworm from your
property. We want to make sure that we deal with the eggs, larvae, and any adult beetles. This usually
happens one of two ways but whichever route we use, you will probably need to evacuate your
property for up to 48 hours after treating.
We can look at woodworm fumigation using an oil-based liquid and pressurised machine to deal with the woodworm. Alternatively, we can look at a water-based treatment in spray form, it is a bit like a weed killer for treating woodworm. So, get in touch with Pest Interceptors today and let us help with your pest control.