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The woodworm is a type of larva that feeds on wood. The term applies to wood-boring insects in their larval stage. These beetles can completely destroy your favourite wooden fitments if left unchecked. They can chew and burrow into chairs, tables, cupboards, floorboards and more, and almost nothing can stop them. Keep reading to find out how to get rid of woodworms.
So if you:
There are many reasons for woodworms to attack your household appliances and furniture, but here are the most likely causes of woodworm infestation:
You will often see the furniture turning dark from a woodworm infestation, having lots of holes, hearing cracking noises coming from the furniture, and finding one or two live beetles.
It is a common misconception that once you see holes in the wood, it means the woodworm has grown up and left the nest. However, it is possible that the same now grown-up beetle will return to the place it once occupied and lay eggs there. This will make your furniture a breeding ground for these wood-boring insects.
Instead, you should look for an adult carcass, freshly ejected frass, and the number and density of holes.
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So, after you’ve identified the presence of the beetles, you’re ready to take further action and treat them. We’ll cover some DIY non-toxic woodworm treatment methods that might work for your problem.
Place the infested item in the freezer if possible. It’s effective for a furniture item that is small enough to be placed in your freezer. For example, if you have a small table that can be disassembled and fit inside, you can try this method:
The risk this method hides is that your furniture might lose its structure and collapse after a while. So, we recommend trying this with high-quality timber and covering it very well with plastic bags.
Another alternative for treatment without using any chemicals is to submit the affected furniture to heat. What you have to do is to:
Even if this approach is highly efficient, it also hides some dangers. We don’t recommend applying it on antiques and valuable items because you can damage them. Instead, leave this task to experienced specialists.
As we’ve mentioned above, beetles love highly moisturized timber. For that reason, keep the humidity at low levels, perfectly at 40-50%, that you can measure with a hygrometer. What you can do is to:
The boron solution is a widely known way to get rid of woodworms in furniture. Unlike many other insecticides, this one is great as it’s a water-based product and is considered eco-friendly. Doesn’t leave unpleasant odours and dries quickly into the wood.
Depending on your infested items, the solution will include different amounts of boron and water. If you get powder, you will need around 5% of it relevant to the quantity of water to apply two layers. Leave the first coat to dry well before applying the next one. For example, for 10 sq m, you will need 200grams of the Boron mixed into 5L of water. You can spray the affected surface or apply the solution with a sponge.
It’s preferable to protect your skin with gloves, as more sensitive people might be irritated by the product.
To cover all holes, you can apply glazing shellac. This will hinder the growth of larvae and make their emergence a lot harder.
In conclusion, woodworms are amongst the worst and hardest to treat pests. So, if you cannot deal with the situation on your own because your furniture is too valuable, you can always contact Fantastic Services and book an inspection and woodworm treatment. We can help you in no time with the right equipment and the right specialists.
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