Prevention of Woodworm Infestation

Prevention of Woodworm Infestation

It’s one of two times during the year when we see the most activity. Autumn is a great season, but it also has its effects on pest control firms. One of these has to do with woodworm numbers increasing in the fall.

Spring does have its own set of challenges with increased pest population, increased human contact with pests and more localized bugs being reported during this time of year. Being infested by woodworm can do serious damage to your home and furniture, so it is best to be vigilant about protecting against them.

Most companies would be happy to come to your site to treat a woodworm problem. However, the sooner you realise the better because delay [to] [doing] so can result in significant amounts of damage from wet or dry rot. Eliminating pests before they have the chance to invade your property is usually a better strategy.

If you’re interested in taking precautions against woodworm, here are the three best things you can do:

Humidity Control

Woodworms thrive in high-moisture content timber. You can stop this by depriving them of water, preventing them from living and growing. Achieving a humid environment is usually more of a problem for people in cold climates. For most, the optimal humidity level is between 30% and 50%. If you need to, open your windows to let air flow in.

Take Out Infected Wood

If you see any of the early signs of an infestation, it is best to remove furniture or timbers immediately, otherwise, they may spread the pests around your house. These can be reintroduced once they have been treated.

Setting Up Traps

Although woodworm larvae cause damage to homes, this is not done by adult beetles. These larvae bore into wood surfaces in order to feed on pulp. If any adult beetles do make it into homes they can reproduce. Install insect traps during the summer months to reduce the chances of respiratory infestation.