How to Deal With Woodworms – Identifying and Eradicating

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The guide to dealing with woodworms.

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If you love decorating your home with beautiful woodwork then you might have experienced the unpleasant moment of realising you have woodworm infestation in your home.
The reason why the infestation in your home might be dangerous is that it can ruin all of your furniture, any art made out of wood and even the foundations of your home.

As small as this pest is, the recovery of woodworm infestation might be really expensive. Damage repairs can exceed 10,000 AUD. Because of this, whenever you notice signs of woodworm infestation you have to act quickly and deal with the problem as soon as possible.

Some of the first signs of woodworm infestation in your home might be holes in the wood, or beetles. In fact, these woodworms are the wood-eating larvae of different beetles. That’s why if you start noticing beetles around the house, or the property you might want to investigate further. Sometimes, especially when the infestation is on the foundations of the house you might notice the problem with months. Because of that, yearly inspections are a good idea.

Woodworms and Woodworm Infestation

What is woodworm infestation and how to deal with.

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If you believe you might have this problem, or you just want to inspect the house then the easiest way to recognise woodworm infestation is by the holes the worms make. Depending on the larvae the size might vary but most commonly the holes are around 1mm to 1.8mm.

If you aren’t sure if the infestation is still going on then look for dust around the holes. This dust is the excrement of the larvae. If it’s there then this might mean there still is something going on.

The reason why you have woodworm infestation is that beetles lay their eggs on top of the wooden structure. After that, the larvae feed on that wood.

One thing that is almost sure is that the wood isn’t dry. Because of the evolutionary habits of the beetle, they need damp wood to feed on and a place like that they choose for laying eggs. In almost 99% of all cases that we examine dry wood is intact.
So, if you are a homeowner and have woodworm infestation on your hands to deal with, then you might also have a problem with the moisture in your home.

If the living space has no problems with damp, then the problem might come from the attic, basement or any other space that has bad ventilation. It’s always best if you call a professional to inspect the home. They know what are the favourite places for these type of pests to hide.

One type of beetle larvae, the one of the Woodboring weevil only appears if there is fungal development on the wood. That means that there might be a bigger problem happening.

How to Treat Woodworm Infestation

A woodworm infestation.

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Understandably, you would want to get rid of the little pests as fast as possible, but often times this is not possible. Treatment for woodworm infestation is quite often hard and best case scenario two to three weeks long.

The most common method of getting rid of this infestation is using insecticides. It’s also best if you can solve if there are any damp issues.

The other thing is that insecticides might not do anything at all. You do have some other choices, but they aren’t many.

One other option is freezing treatment. It’s a costly procedure that can take two to three weeks, and it might be the most effective way to get rid of the little buggers.

The other option is with low-oxygen treatment but it’s very time-consuming. It can take up to 8 weeks until the woodworms are exterminated.

How to Prevent Woodworm Infestation

In order to avoid this problem, you have to prepare. Planning ahead is key to prevent any infestation. While it isn’t a 100% proof method, it still lowers the chance of getting woodworm infestation.
The best thing you can do in order to avoid woodworms is to buy an insecticide that kills the larvae. It’s very important that you apply the insecticide in even coats and on all wooded areas in and around the house.

Another thing is that you should keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home. As we mentioned above, woodworms love damp wood, so if it’s a bit humid in your home, then you have to control the dampness levels in your home.

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