Common Causes Of Woodworm & How To Prevent ThemSeptember 26, 2013
Woodworm infestations are caused by the larvae of a number of wood-boring beetles. The larvae burrow into wood and feed on it, sometimes causing structural damage to buildings, or ruining furniture. The larvae pupate and transform into adult beetles, which emerge from the holes in the wood and lay their eggs, continuing the cycle.
Woodworm infestations are visible as small holes, between 1mm and 1.5mm in diameter. If the infestation is active, there will be fine wooden powder around the holes; you may also see adult beetles around the house.
Woodworm Infestation – What Are The Causes?
The primary cause of woodworm infestation is damp as woodworm larvae can easily digest wood with a high moisture content, and they prefer cold, damp conditions. To prevent a woodworm infestation, make sure that your house is dry and well-heated.
Make sure that basements and attics are ventilated, and consider keeping the heat on even in rooms that you aren’t using. This should help dry out any damp areas in the house.
How Can The Infestation Be Treated?
If you have an active infestation, it is usually necessary to kill the beetles and their larvae with a chemical insecticide. Afterwards, the wood can be treated with a lacquer that can help prevent re-infestation. If you have a smaller piece of furniture that is infected, the problem can be solved by freezing the item.
Place it in a plastic bag to exclude air, and leave it in the freezer for a week. Take it out, let it return to room temperature, and then repeat the process and freeze it for another week. The initial freezing will kill the larvae, and the second freezing will kill the eggs.
How Damp Proofing Can Help
The most effective way to prevent woodworm infestation is to damp-proof your home. At Injecta Damp Proof Services, we are experts at solving the problems associated with woodworm. We can analyse your infestation, determine which kind of wood-boring species is present, and take the necessary steps to eliminate the infestation.
We can treat damaged wood and damp-proof the area in order to ensure that a repeat infestation doesn’t take place. It is especially important to contact us if eaves or other structurally important areas of your house are infected – eaves may need to be replaced if they are badly damaged. If you suspect you have an active woodworm infestation, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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