Why treat woodworm

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Q. Why treat woodworm?

A. Because during the grub stage, lasting from 3 to 5 years, tunnels are bored and over many years and these tunnels can severely weaken floorboards and even larger structural timbers, eventually leading to collapse. Woodworm, contrary to popular opinion, can continue to eat floors and roof timbers in centrally heated, dry buildings. This has been proved through long term Surveying analysis and is a conclusion supported by the PCA - the Property Care Association.

Q. What does woodworm poo look like?

A. The poo pellets are cream in colour and lemon shaped. The wood particles look bright, as if you'd just drilled a hole into the wood.

Q. If the dust dribbling out the woodworm holes is bright, what does it indicate?
A. Look down the hole with a magnifying glass. If the wood dust and hole edges look bright in colour, it is most likely to be an 'active' infestation. An 'active' infestation is considered to mean that the insect emerged in the last 2 years and therefore Chemical Treatment is justified. If the wood dust and hole edges look grey and dirty, it is probably an old infestation and there is no need to carry out Chemical Treatment.

Fresh woodworm holes showing bore dust

Fresh woodworm holes showing bright bore dust, indicating recent activity.

Q. I can see dust coming out of the holes. What does this mean?

A. The dust is called 'frass'. It is the bore dust that the common furniture beetle produces when he cuts holes. It is cream coloured, formed into lemon shaped pellets and gritty when rubbed between the fingers.

Q. Where is woodworm dust most likely to be found?

A. In the back of old furniture. Woodworm love to eat old plywood because of the animal bone glues used in it's construction. This plywood is often found in the back boards and drawers of old tallboys, wardrobes, dressing tables and cupboards.

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COMMON FURNITURE BEETLE HOLES

Hole size - 1mm to 2mm in diameter. They look like dart holes.

Bore dust - lemon shaped pellets, gritty when rubbed between the fingers.

Frequency of finding surface holes - annual, in the fly out period May to September, in order to breed

Woodworm holes in wood - they look like dart holes.

Where can I buy Boron based Woodworm Treatment?


ORDINARY WOODWORM NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DEATH WATCH BEETLE HOLES

Hole size - 3mm in diameter.

Bore Dust - disc shaped pellets, gritty when rubbed between the fingers.

Frequency of finding surface holes - rarer, random and more often as broken out tunnel walls.

Death Watch Beetle Holes - larger than those of common furniture beetle.Tunnels of Death Watch Beetle deep inside the wood.

Where can I buy Boron based Death Watch Beetle Treatment?


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