Woodworm Treatment & Solutions

The larvae of all the wood-boring beetles are collectively known as woodworms. There are various kinds in the UK, but the young of the Common Furniture Beetle do the majority of the damage. Woodworm larvae have curled bodies and are generally a creamy white colour. It’s doubtful that you’ll ever encounter woodworm larvae because they stay concealed until they’re fully grown, chewing on wood. Adult wood-boring beetles vary in appearance in different species: the Common Furniture beetle is a brown flying beetle with a length of 3-4mm.

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What attracts woodworm to your home?

Each variety of wood-boring beetles prefers a different type of wood. For example, hardwoods such as ash, mahogany, and oak are preferred by some bugs. On the other hand, others favour softwoods like spruce, cedar, and pine.

When bringing second-hand furniture to your home, make sure the item is not contaminated with woodworm or have been treated. This is a crucial step in preventing pest infestations on your property. This restriction is also applicable to firewood used for fireplaces and wood burners on private property.

Woodworm-infested firewood should be stored outside the house since the woodworm can quickly spread to other wood.

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How to treat woodworm?

It’s critical to get rid of wood-boring beetles while they cause serious harm to your wood. This begins with determining the beetle species and deciding on the best woodworm treatment.

The Common Furniture Beetle, the Death Watch Beetle, and the House Longhorn Beetle are the three most common wood boring insects in the United Kingdom. Woodworm prevention may not be adequate to treat and eliminate an infestation if the type of infestation is not correctly diagnosed.

Treating the following woodworm beetles:

The Common Furniture Beetle

A brush, dip, or spray application of a woodworm treatment onto all of the timbers afflicted by the woodworm is used to treat the common furniture beetle. To avoid future woodworm outbreaks, it is highly advised that the timbers in the near vicinity be treated with woodworm treatment as prophylactic.

The House Long Horn Beetle

It is the most destructive wood-boring insect, attacking the sapwood of dry softwood and growing up to 30mm long with a 10mm diameter exit hole. Within their growing cycle, the larvae of the House Long Horn beetle can cause considerable damage to wood, even eliminating the sapwood and leaving only the veneer.

The Death Watch Beetle

It prefers hardwoods such as elm and oak. Death Watch Beetle infestations may be more concentrated within the interior of big beams placed into moist walls because the beetle primarily attacks wood with active decay/rot. The infestation/damage may be undetectable except for a few emergence holes because it is deep into the wood.

Fumigation for woodworm treatment

If the woodworm infestations are active, two treatments with professional woodworm insecticide are advised, which should be done after a gap of 72 hours. 

A thorough insecticidal treatment of all untreated wood is the first part of the intense fumigation treatment. First, a concentrate of this potent, licensed woodworm pesticide is spot sprayed in regions with clear zones of timber pest activity. Then the insecticide is allowed to dry and penetrate deep into the wood grain.

The second phase of this specialised timber pest treatment includes thorough fumigation and ULV fogging of the space to complete the operation. The fine fogging reaches every available nook and cranny in regions with high ceilings where there are beams of woodworm or when treating woodworm in loft spaces after that. Spot treatment occurs in areas where there is a visible activity with a professional-strength concentrate woodworm killer pesticide and fungicide, which is authorised to kill wood-boring beetles at all stages of their life cycle.

No adults will lay fresh eggs on the treated wood once it has been treated and dried intensely into the wood, and any worms in the wood will feed on tainted wood and die.

Heat treatment

Although heat treatment for woodworm outbreaks is a specialised strategy, there are times when it is the most suitable line of action.

One example is when there are things that cannot be treated with insecticides or that you do not want to be treated with insecticides. Another widespread use for this non-chemical, eco-friendly woodworm treatment is when there is both excessive and deep wetness and a woodworm infestation to address.

Moreover, a certain amount of moisture in the timber is required for all wood-boring beetles. However, wetness is a must for other insects, such as the Death Watch Beetle, since they feed on fungal growth on and in damp wood. In this case, pesticide alone will not be effective because it does not address the core cause.

In this, the heated sections are enclosed and insulated, as well as the air is gradually brought up to temperature. It is then maintained at that temperature for several hours, allowing the heat to infiltrate all nooks and corners and the wood itself.

Woodworm damp survey

Woodworm treatment can be tricky, particularly when determining the best treatment method for your property. So, consult our woodworm treatment specialists for your home now. Get an independent free damp survey from our team at Advanced Damp and receive an in depth report. Call us now on 07562719091. 

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