August 2015 - Scottish Pest Control
The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations

The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations

If you have ever taken a stroll around an old building, the chances are high that you witnessed the effects of Woodworm. In the presence of this pest, you can expect the timber running through the property to weaken, typically as a result of the tiny holes the insect gnaw through. Not many people know that, despite the name, the woodworm is not actually a worm but an insect, a beetle grub to be exact. Admittedly, externally, woodworms do look somewhat like worms; however it would be more accurate to think of them as caterpillars waiting to morph into full fledged beetles. The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations The term referring to any beetle that attacks timber, the devastation unleashed by woodworms cannot be underestimated, this being the reason property owners are encouraged to take all possible steps to prevent the emergence of woodworm. Often the key lies with determining the common causes of woodworm infestations and taking steps to counter them. Woodworms are typically attracted to damp environments. This means that the presence of leaks and even improper insulation can cause the sort of decay in wood that will attract woodworm, with the possible manifestation of mould and mildew further complicating matters. Sometimes, failing to take the proper steps to counter woodworm is no different from impelling the infestation forward; for instance failing to treat all wooden items on your property. Driftwood, firewood, even untreated furniture can invite woodworm into your home; it is for this reason that one should endeavor to examine all timber within their property, treating those items that require it. Firewood and kindling twigs,...