What Is Woodworm and How to Handle It?

Handling woodworm is not an easy task. If it is not identified earlier or ignored then you can experience an infestation. Many people don’t know the impact of woodworm spread. Many are not aware of the early signs of woodworm.

What is woodworm?

The larvae phase of wood-boring beetles is called woodworm. It is a household beetle type found from spring to mid-autumn every year. The seasonal pest can target homes exposed to untreated wood in the home exterior and interior.

Woodworms are so small that you may hardly notice their arrival. In a home, the amount of timber is approximately 70% ranging from floorboards to fixtures. Therefore woodworm is a common issue that pest control Salford professionals are called to eliminate every season. Many times the wood-boring insect is identified when the infestation spreads.

Different woodworm types

  • House longhorn beetle
  • Wood boring weevil
  • Common furniture beetle
  • Death watch beetle

The sign that indicates a woodworm issue is when you see adult beetles exiting timber. They leave round oval holes on the timber surface. You will see bore dust near flight holes.

How to handle woodworm infestation?

Woodworm makes tiny holes when they burrow out of the timber. This can be a misconception if you see tiny holes. There is a possibility that the hole was left some time ago, but may have larvae inside the wood. To find out if the woodworm is active or not look around for droppings. The dropping looks like powdery sawdust and can be seen around holes in infested timber.

Woodworm thrives in damp conditions but it doesn’t mean the wood has to be damp. So, don’t assume that as you don’t have damp conditions there is no risk of woodworm infestation.

Homeowners may use insecticides but they don’t guarantee to work. The insecticides are sprayed on the timber surface so the woodworms leaving the timber may get killed. Nevertheless, the insecticides do not penetrate deep inside the timber to kill larvae infestation hidden inside the wood.

All woodworm species differ. You need to identify the kind of woodworm you are dealing with. Some beetles prefer loft timber, while a few feed on only hardwoods. If ignored, woodworm of any kind causes severe damage. The longer it is left untreated the more the damage occurs. So prevention is the key!

Never panic

It is challenging to treat woodworm spread but when you detect it in an early stage, it can be handled with ease. Just call local pest control services and they can help to eliminate the woodworm spread properly. They are professionals and know their stuff. If ignored the woodworm spread can compromise structural integrity.

Woodworm thrives on infected wood’s upper layer. It means the surrounding area remains untouched. In this case, the wood it infested may still be strong. After wood treatment salvage the wood. If an item infected starts to crumble on touching then there is no guarantee that after treatment it will stay strong. It is sensible to dispose it.