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, on the other hand, should be kept outside the property, or at the very least in a separate, possibly secluded, rooms.
And proper maintenance matters; older pieces of furniture should be varnished from time to time, otherwise they are easy targets for woodworm, infestations having an easier time finding a home in older wood than new pieces, especially the kind already treated with insecticides.
It is worth keeping in mind the impact a woodworm infestation can have on the future of one’s property; just because you encounter and fend a woodworm infestation off doesn’t make your property immune from future infestations.
In fact it is not unheard of for the same pieces of furniture to suffer under reoccurring infestations of woodworm. It could even be argued that reoccurring infestations are much easier. Woodworm beetles have been known to lay eggs into pre-existing boreholes in wood, especially those where other adult beetles emerged. Those eggs will eventually hatch, the emerging grubs growing even as they eat their way through the damp wood.
Upon developing into adult beetles, they are bound to lay their own eggs into the same piece of wood, in this way repeating a cycle that will unleash all manner of devastation upon the property in question.
It is important to keep in mind the level of destruction woodworm can cause; nothing is off limits, not the joists or internal walls or even the skirting walls. Taking proper preventative measures can allow one to escape the expenses that can result from a woodworm infestation.Contact Us Today >>