Keeping Woodworm At Bay – Types Of Treatment
Wood is one of the most versatile types of building material there is. It has been used for thousands of year in the construction of homes and dwellings of every type – and for the same number of years their also been pests that will destroy a building that uses wood as the primary material for construction.
In many countries around the globe one of the most invasive pests is Woodworm – so what do you do if faced with that best, which can in a very short time destroy any wooden construction?
Firstly it is important to understand that there are different types of Woodworm – and each will require its own method of treatment in order to control the damage that it causes.
Firstly there is the Common Furniture Beetle, then there is The House Longhorn Beetle and finally the much rarer – frighteningly named Deathwatch Beetle.
One thing will become clear – they are not worms – but rather beetles. The confusion usually comes about because the larval stage of these beetles does look like a worm – but it when they reach the adult stage that they do the most damage to structures.
If you have an infestation one of the most common ways to spot it is the appearance of ‘sawdust’ around the holes that will appear in the wood.
One of the best ways to deal with an infestation is to use a product that contains ‘Boron Ultra 12’. It’s water based and does not give off offensive odors.
Permethrin is also a chemical that has a proven track record for killing insects. It is the active ingredient of many household insect killers. It works remarkably well – however, it can have an unpleasant smell and is extremely dangerous when there are other pets in the house. This is especially true if you should have fish in an aquarium. It settles in the water and will kill any fish within a very short period of time.
For those who encounter the Longhorn Beetle, they should be extremely careful not to try the DIY approach to control. This beetle is hardy and will require the attention of a professional pest control expert. If you think that you have an infestation let a professional come and take a look.
The Deathwatch Beetle sounds like the worse of the bunch – but in fact, it is far less destructive than the Longhorn. Tap on the timber affected and if it sounds hollow you might have a problem.Boron treatment will solve the issue.
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