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How to Identify Woodworm and How to Treat it

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Damp, humidity and poor ventilation are the most common causes of woodworm. A little known fact about them is that they will naturally die-off when the wood they are infesting dries out, provided that your property is well-maintained and that these three leading causes are prevented.

This is why the most well known sign of woodworm, the small holes they leave behind in furniture, rafters, doors and windowsills does not necessarily mean you have a problem.

The most serious signs of a current infestation is the dust, or frass, that they leave behind, together with crumbling corners on the wood. If there is no visible sign of this dust, and if it appears that the corners have crumbled some time ago and are, despite being misshapen, still solid, then chances are you don’t have a problem – particularly if the environment in which you suspect an infestation is dry.

That said, with significant structural features such as a rafters and beams, it’s always best to get a professional opinion.

How to Treat Woodworm

One of the first tasks in treating a woodworm infestation is to identify the type of ‘worm’ that you have. They are not actually ‘worms’ but wood-boring insects, of which the Anobium Punctatum, or Common Furniture Beetle, is most common. An Anobium Punctatum infestation is relatively easy to treat.

There are many purpose-designed products available on the market to deal with this kind of beetle. You should take care, however, and keep a sharp eye on the affected area post-treatment, as these products usually involve little more than a surface application to the affected area. If the beetle has bored deeply into the wood, which they often do, you’ll need expert help.

If this type of beetle is not the cause your woodworm problem, you definitely need our professional service here at Injecta. Other strains, such as the House Longhorn Beetle, can cause significant structural damage due to the size of their larvae. As you will probably not know how to identify the type of ‘woodworm’ responsible for the damage, you should call a professional.

We will either advise you on the best products to use, or deal with the problem directly. Even if the area affected is a piece of furniture that has little monetary or sentimental value, woodworm spreads very easily and you will need to contain the problem as soon as you spot it.

If you believe you have a woodworm problem, contact our team today to discover more on how we can help you eradicate the problem quickly and effectively.

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