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How to protect wood from wood boring insects

Author: Admin

The one big mistake people make when treating woodworm damage, is wrongly identifying the species. So first things first, make sure you correctly identify the type of woodworm your home is suffering from.

The most common species of woodworm is the Furniture Beetle, normally found in wooden furniture where the varnish has either been worn off or not applied. For this type of woodworm, we would recommend treating the damage with our Woodworm Killer ready to use treatment. This has been specifically designed to protect furniture, flooring, structural and other timber against woodworms and other wood-boring insects. Simply spray, brush or dip the target timber for complete woodworm treatment. You can re-paint; re-varnish surfaces once the treatment has dried.

A slightly more harmful woodworm is the Death Watch Beetle. This beetle mostly attacks interior beams built into damp walls. Let us recommend using our Woodworm Killer Concentrate, a high strength insecticide micro emulsion solution. This high-strength concentrate, once diluted with water ,contains 0.2%w/w Permethrin insecticide, a synthetic pyrethroid of proven performance and low mammalian toxicity. The treatment guarantees long-lasting protection, preventing further re-infestation. Another method is injecting woodworm spray into the holes, which treats the most susceptible areas of the wood. Another form of treatment for death watch beetle is to brush apply to the exposed faces and also inject the timber with Micro Timber Gel, a ready to use high penetration gel which offers deeper penetration than liquids ensuring maximum protection. Remember to always ask a specialist if you are unsure what method to use.

The House Long Horn Beetle is known as the most damaging species of woodworm, attacking the sapwood off dry softwood. You have to be careful with this species as the larvae from can seriously damage timber within their growth period, even entirely destroying the sapwood, leaving only the veneer. If you think your property is suffering from damage by the House Long Horn beetle, consult a specialist to check the structural integrity of your property. If your property is free from severe structural damage, it may be safe use less expensive remedy; however major damage will result to further treatment carried out by professionals. Always consult a specialist for safety reasons.

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