Why treat woodworm?
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.
What does woodworm poo look like?
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.
If the dust dribbling out the woodworm holes is bright, what does it indicate?
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.
woodworm holes showing bright bore dust, indicating recent activity.
I can see dust coming out of the holes. What does this mean?
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.
Where is woodworm dust most likely to be found?
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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FURNITURE BEETLE HOLES
size - 1mm to 2mm in diameter.
They look like dart holes.
dust - lemon shaped pellets, gritty when rubbed between the fingers.
of finding surface holes - annual, in the fly out period May to September,
in order to breed
can I buy Boron based Woodworm Treatment?
WOODWORM NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DEATH WATCH BEETLE HOLES
size - 3mm in diameter.
Dust - disc shaped pellets,
gritty when rubbed between the fingers.
of finding surface holes - rarer, random and more often as broken out tunnel
can I buy Boron based Death Watch Beetle Treatment?
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