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.
Australia is notorious for woodworm infestations, and the worst thing is the cost of fixing this problem. Woodworms often cause extensive damage to any wooden furniture, wooden art, even the foundation of your house.
As small as this pest is, the recovery of woodworm infestation might be really expensive. Damage repairs can exceed A$10,000. 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 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 may want to investigate further.
Sometimes, especially when the infestation is on the foundations of the house, you might not notice the problem for months. Because of that, yearly inspections are a good idea.
Signs of Woodworm Infestation
If you believe you might have an ongoing woodworm infestation, or you want to inspect your house, then the easiest way to recognise one 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 still aren’t sure the pest is there, 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 a woodworm infestation is that beetles lay their eggs on top of the wooden structure. To grow, the larvae feed on that wood, creating the holes in the process.
The evolutionary habits of the beetle require them to feed on damp wood. In 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 a moisture problem 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 the favourite hiding places of woodworms are.
One type of beetle larvae, 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.
Understandably, you would want to get rid of the little pests as fast as possible, but oftentimes 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 by 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 a Woodworm Infestation
To prevent getting your home infested with woodworms, you have to prepare. Planning is key to prevent any infestation. While it isn’t a 100% proof method, it still lowers the chance of getting your home infested by these little buggers.
The best thing you can do to avoid woodworms is to buy an insecticide that kills the larvae. You must 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.