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Strategies to Beat Woodworm

Unlike most types of pest, which threaten the health of either you or your pets with their presence in your home, woodworm threatens your very home itself. One of the worst things about woodworm is that it can so easily go undetected while the damage is being done. What most people are unaware of is the fact that woodworm actually refers to wood boring insects in their larval stage, and a variety of different types of beetle. That is significant because the little holes on the surface of the wood are actually caused by the adult beetle finally chewing their way out of the wood.

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In other words, the holes only indicate that there has been a woodworm infestation in the wood, it means damage has been done. Quite frequently in fact, people find holes caused by woodworm and the infestation is no longer active. However, female beetles often lay their eggs in these holes so it is also very possible that the infestation is ongoing. For this reason, if you do find woodworm damage, you should contact a woodworm control specialist to come and survey your property, ascertain if it is an ongoing problem, and what the best treatment course would be.

Woodworm control in action. Woodworm control goes further than simply applying treatment to existing woodworm problems however, although this is an important part of it. It also need not stop at inspecting your home for signs of woodworm, although with the use of a borescope professionals can detect woodworm even in timber which is not accessible. Woodworm control also includes the best action you can take against woodworm, better than a cure: prevention.

Most pests thrive in unhygienic conditions, those are the conditions in which they arise. Woodworm of course is not dependent on hygiene at all. There are certain optimal conditions for woodworm to operate in as well, however, which you can control to some extent. Woodworm tends to like moist wood. After all, before humans came along chopping down the trees and cutting up the wood and using it to make houses, woodworm could only attack living trees. One way to combat woodworm then is to keep humidity levels in your house low. This will keep the wood dry, and therefore uninviting to woodworm. You can also use wood preservative to protect the wood, or insecticidal fluid which is “persistent contact.” Also, the worms cannot get through paint or varnish so if your wood is unaffected and you want to keep it that way, that is another way to achieve it.

If you already have an infestation of woodworm however, you can keep it from spreading too much by removing the affected objects. It sounds simple, but the best solutions usually are. Another way to reduce the risk of continuing infestation is to install insect traps in the attic or other at-risk areas during the summer, which is when the adult beetles emerge from the wood. This should hopefully get rid of them so that they cannot lay anymore eggs and the infestation will die out.

For the most effective treatment and expert advice on your own specific situation, contact specialist woodworm controllers.
 
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