The identification of woodworm in your home, whether it’s in your prized pieces of furniture or the structural timbers, can cause a considerable amount of stress, and rightly so. If left untreated, these unwanted inhabitants can create an unsightly amount of destruction. We look at the most obvious signs, the treatment and prevention of this unwelcome house guest.
If you're looking to treat woodworm, let our experts at Advanced Chemical Specialities help. We have been providing professional woodworm treatment for many years now. Our woodworm killers are specifically designed to kill woodworm, wood boring insects as well as woodworm larvae and eggs. So, regardless of your needs for treating woodworm, let us help.
Be sure to shop online with us for your woodworm treatment. Whether it's a potential woodworm infestation you're treating or you are certain you have woodworm, we're here to provide professional treatment. Simply contact our team today for more information.
Where is Prone To Woodworm?
Some common areas that can be prone to woodworm include: antique furniture, new timber that hasn't been treated correctly, damp wood, dry rot wood, decorative timbers and structural timbers. If purchasing second hand furniture or property with dry rot, it is always worth testing and checking the wood for woodworm and being prepared to treat woodworm.
In some cases, it may be beneficial to have a woodworm survey carried out to help understand the depth of the woodworm problem.
Signs of Woodworm
There are many signs that you have a woodworm problem. From physically seeing the wood boring insects to noticing damp wood or woodworm damage, there are many ways to avoid and prevent woodworm.
One of the first things you may notice is the woodworm itself. This could be a common furniture beetle, house longhorn beetle powder post beetle or wood boring weevils. Whatever type of insect or woodworm you notice, it's important to treat the woodworm immediately. Woodworm treatment will help to prevent an ongoing woodworm infestation and further damage from being caused.
Below, are some further points of signs of a woodworm infestation.
One of the first steps in preventing and stopping woodworm in your home is identification. There are several tell-tale signs of an infestation, the first being the small exit holes on the wood. The holes are created by the hatched and immerging beetles which are likely coming to the surface to reproduce. Typically, the holes are 3mm or less in diameter.
The second most notable sign of woodworm is the fine dust which is found near to or on the surface of the exit holes. As the larva burrows through the wood, this dust is left behind. If you regularly see this dust, it is a good indication that the woodworm is currently active.
In more extreme cases or those in which the woodworm has been left active for a prolonged period of time, you may also see a network of larva tunnels. These can often lead to weakened timber, so if the woodworm is visible in structurally important or weight-bearing parts of a building or piece of furniture, it’s sensible to get the strength evaluated.
Wood Boring Beetles
Finally, you may also notice the adult beetles emerging from the wood, or dead beetles close to the exit holes. Depending on how regularly you clean the surface and how many of the woodwork beetles emerge, it can help you to determine the activity of the woodworm.
Although the tell-tale signs of a woodworm infestation are relatively obvious, the methods used to remove them from your home can be, in some cases, more challenging. After discovering you have woodworm, there are several steps you can take to reduce the damage and likelihood of the woodworm surviving.
Our woodworm treatment cost starts from as little as £21.67 is a popular choice of woodworm killer. This type of woodworm treatment can be used as woodworm treatment spray as well as brush or roller applied depending on the furniture or area affected. Please read the application instructions carefully prior to use.
Step 1: Identify Problem Areas
Identifying which areas within your home are affected will allow you to concentrate your removal efforts. Woodworm usually sticks to the upper layers of wood, leaving the core. Typically, this is especially the case if you’ve noticed the infestation early. Once you have identified which areas are affected, you can then evaluate the damage. If the wood has been considerably affected, you should decide whether it is worth keeping and treating, or if you would like to remove it entirely from your home.
Step 2: Clean the Affected Areas
After identifying the problem areas, it’s important to clean the surface of the wood to remove any dust or bodies. This will help with both tackling the current woodworm and any future infestations.
Step 3: Apply a Wood Preservative Treatment
After cleaning the area to remove dirt, allow the surface to dry. If your wood has a painted finish, you may also want to remove any paint or wood stains to reveal the original finish before applying the treatment.
We have a selection of wood preservatives available to professionals but the ACS Lignotec is best for removing woodworm, as well as this, it kills algae, moulds and wet rot. For the best treatment, allow the preservative to penetrate the wood, and apply two coats. During the application, ensure you are wearing appropriate and protective clothing.
Test Humidity Levels
Generally, woodworm prefers timber with high moisture content. Regularly testing the humidity levels within your home should give you a good idea as to whether or not you are providing the perfect breeding conditions for the larvae and beetles. By doing so, and identifying if your home is too humid, you can then put into place ways to reduce this.
There are several ways you can reduce the humidity in your home. You may wish to install extractor fans in the kitchen, dry your wet laundry outside, and open windows while using the bath or shower. One of the most beneficial changes you could make is to install a ventilation system. While ensuring circulation, a ventilation system will also inject fresh, clean and temperate air into your living space.
Remove Affected Wood
If any of the wood within your home has started to break or crumble under the touch, we would recommend removing the item to minimise any further damage and limit your chances of re-infestation.
Have you experienced woodworm problems in the past, or have recently noticed an infestation? If you’re still unsure of how to manage these pests, then get in touch with our team today – we can help you to identify the best product for treating the affected wood.
Contact ACS For Woodworm Treatment
For professional woodworm treatment, shop online with us today. We offer woodworm treatments to customers across the UK. Find out more about our delivery options. So regardless of your needs for treating woodworm, rest assured that we can help.
Please be sure to shop online with us today if you're in search of woodworm treatment specialists. We will be happy to discuss your needs and help prevent woodworm from reoccurring on your wood.
If you would like further information on the woodworm treatment we have to offer, then please be sure to get in touch. Our team will be happy to help in any way we can.