Woodworm bugs are unwanted guests that destroy the wooden materials present in homes such as doors, walls, ceilings, etc.
Below are the larvae of any wood-boring beetle:
- Powderpost Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)
- Deathwatch Beetle (Xestobium rufuvillosum)
- Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
- House Longhorn Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
After entering there, they lay eggs and their larva are fed on the tunnels of the wood as they eat them to become adult and after becoming adult, they reproduce themselves again and this goes on and on because their reproduction is quite fast.
Due to this reproduction, the wood of our homes starts to crumble very quickly and in time, the once beautiful home becomes dreadful for our liking.
In these conditions, a person should know the basic things about the woodworm treatment because it is a huge possibility that they enter the woods of every home, old or new, at some point.
Woodworm bugs like to grow in a hot comfortable environment and the wood materials provide them these conditions. However, they also like to live in such an atmosphere where the moisture is low.
We can say that our storerooms are the perfect place for these pests. Their treatment consists of two parts. If the damage done to the material is large then this means that the woodworm has reached deeper into the wood.
As a solution, a comprehensive chemical treatment should be used with the help of pest professionals. However, if the damage is done is not large then you can do the treatment of these pests by using some preservatives.
It is important to get the idea about the scale of damage made because if we use preservatives in case of large scale damage then it will be of no use.
How To Know If Your House Has Woodworm
You should study your wood and you may or may not notice small holes forming. Floorboards may have fine, powdery dust and soft edges.
There Are Holes In The Wood
Don’t worry if you notice holes — they are good indicators of an old woodworm problem (they may have moved on and no longer infest your wood.) To be on the safe side, contact damp proofing specialists for advice. Also, you should know that not all woodworm are harmful.
- Test your wood’s humidity with the help of a professional. Woodworm will always prefer wood with moisture content over 18 % so see if your wood is like this or not.
- Keep rooms well ventilated to keep moisture levels low.
- Remove pieces of furniture that are infested to avoid the woodworm spreading. This is much like isolating a virus.
- You can try and install electric fly traps to kill the adult beetles in the summer months.
Woodworm can strike anywhere so both older properties and new buildings should watch out for possible woodworm infestation. The earlier that you spot it, the less damage that will be done and the sooner you can get on with your life.