How to Treat Woodworm at Home

How to Treat Woodworm at Home

Posted By: Steve Published: 01/07/2022 Times Read: 707 Comments: 0

Woodworm is a common problem in homes across the UK. They are small larvae and beetles that eat through the wood and create holes in furniture and other objects. These small insects can cause damage to furniture, doors and windows. They also leave behind brownish-black tunnels in wooden surfaces.

Woodworm infestations are not dangerous to people, however, woodworm eat away at the heartwood of the timber over time, weakening it and reducing its durability. If untreated, this can cause structural damage and eventually lead to failure. Woodworm treatment is relatively easy and inexpensive, but it needs to be done correctly in order to avoid any further damage. Here at Advanced Chemical Specialties Limited, we are experts when it comes to treating woodworm in your home. Keep reading for more information.


Our Top Tips!

There are a few steps to take to make sure you fully eliminate your woodworm infestation, killing off both the larvae and beetles. Here are our tips:

Identify the Type

There are a few different types of wood boring beetles that cause woodworm. Look for larvae stuck to the surface of furniture or walls, they are about 2mm in length and will grow into beetles within 1-3 years. Woodworm is a term used to describe the larvae of beetles, which are found in old furniture, timber and carpets. The adult beetles live in the wood, laying eggs which hatch into larvae. These larvae eat the timber from the inside out, eventually leaving tiny holes in their wake. For more information on how to identify each individual wood boring beetle - check out our blog on Identifying a Woodworm Infestation now!

Look for Warning Signs

Woodworm can be found in almost any type of hardwood flooring, including laminate, parquet and solid wooden surfaces. Woodworm prefers to live in dry, dead wood, so if you see tiny holes in your wooden surfaces, that’s a good indication that it has infested your house or building. Look for these signs:

Woodworm holes: The most common sign of an infestation is visible holes in your wooden surfaces where the insects have bored through them. These holes can be as small as 1mm deep and are usually found near where they have been feeding on the surface of the timber.

Wood Dust: Around these holes - the size of which can vary depending on how long they have been feeding on the timber and how much damage they have caused - you may notice small piles of dust near the openings that’s left over. 

Brittle Timbers: An interesting fact about woodworms is that they can bore through any type of wood, including softwoods such as pine or spruce, hardwoods like oak or ash and even plastics such as PVC.

Explore Treatment Options

When it comes to removing woodworm from your home, there are many different treatments available, including: 

Chemical treatment using products that contain chemicals such as borax or copper sulphate, which are both toxic to woodworms and will kill them. However, they also harm other animals in your home, so should only be used where necessary.

Fumigation with carbon dioxide through an exhaust fan. This method is generally used in food businesses where there is a risk of pests being carried into other areas of the building, but is rarely used for residential properties due to concerns about health issues from inhaling carbon dioxide gas from an exhaust fan.

Heat treatment using heat lamps or heat tape, which can effectively kill adult beetles within 24 hours but not eggs or larvae. Heat treatment must be done at temperatures over 50 degrees C, so if you don't have access to a gas oven then this isn't an option for you!


Pheromone Lure

The best way to treat woodworm at home is by using a product called pheromone lure. It's an insecticide that attracts the female woodworm and kills her before she can mate with other males and create more worms!

Pheromone lures are non-toxic, so there's no risk of it damaging your furniture or carpets, which would be the case if you used chemicals inside your home.

If you suspect that you have woodworm infestation in your home, contact an exterminator immediately so they can properly treat your property and prevent further damage from occurring. 

Looking for safe and reliable Woodworm treatment? Let us help!

If you believe you have a woodworm infestation and you’re looking for high quality treatment from industry experts, get in touch with Advanced Chemical Specialties Limited today! We’re here to offer outstanding advice and guidance to help you eliminate your woodworm problem. Don’t hesitate, we’re only a phone call away and can’t wait to hear from you! 

We also offer a range of wood preserve treatments, including Boracols, professional Borates, water repellents for wood, and dry rot paint so you can keep wooden furniture, flooring, and supports in excellent condition once your woodworm infestation has vanished!

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