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Has Your Wood Worm Problem Returned? Don’t Worry!

By 22nd May 2017 No Comments

If you are concerned about a returning woodworm problem, you could be the victim of a failed treatment from an unreliable source. Aquafoss are here to save the day and be the timber treatment heroes you need!

If you are noticing returning signs of woodworm, then don’t be surprised that it could be post-treatment emergence. Aquafoss are on hand throughout the Leighton Buzzard area to ensure that your wood materials are free from woodworm and timber problems, all year round.

What Is Post-Treatment Emergence?

If you have previously carried out some kind of timber treatment and you are noticing that the insecticidal problem is coming back, you are experiencing post-treatment emergence. Although most solutions will cover the surface with a spray that will kill the eggs inside, some treatments will forget to focus on the interior timber and the insects that reside there.

If this is not dealt with appropriately, the re-emergence could develop and return to fully fledged woodworm problems once more.

Life Cycle of the Timber Beetle

Most people when dealing with woodworm problems are actually unaware of the beetle itself that harbours its eggs and lives in your timber. Aquafoss are only too familiar with the life cycle of the beetle that infects timber materials and knows exactly how to deal with the issues head on.

The common household furniture beetle is known as one of the most popular beetles to reside in domesticated housing. Taking hold of any timber or wood materials, the beetle is curved in shape and a creamy white colour in infancy. Once the beetle is an adult you will notice the colour change to a darker brown, with wings and at least 3-4mm long in length.

Starting off as an egg, the beetle is laid on suitable timber surfaces that are often moist, dark and left untreated. Often being laid in crevices, cracks, end joints and previous tunnels, the eggs then hatch into larvae and start to feed on the sapwood immediately. Throughout their life, they feed on the wood materials and then emerge to the surface to lay their own eggs and create chambers for other eggs.

Timber Treatment Solutions – What Do They Do?

The spray that most treatments involve includes an insecticide, known as permethrin or cypermethrin, that when an insect comes into contact with it, death is imminent. Spraying the wood leaves a preservative that penetrates through the surface and targets where the larvae and beetles are living and breeding. Those remaining beneath the surface can often survive the spray depending on how far down they have burrowing, which is why re-emergence can often occur.

Aquafoss focus on targeting those living deep down in the timber materials to avoid re-emergence and give all homeowners the results they hope for when using our services. Avoiding mating, birth, development and the movement of adult beetles, we stop timber rotting and woodworm in its tracks.

Other tips for treatment include:

Keeping wood dry

Keep furniture and flooring dry

Keep your home ventilated and heated

Remove all infested wood immediately

Replace all infected wood

Use only high-quality wood materials

Keep flytraps near windows and hopefully catch beetles before they mate

Get in Touch

If you need any more information or you are concerned about the condition of your timber, simply call us today on 01525 374406. Our team provide guidance right here on how to deal with woodworm treatment and we also provide professional advice over the phone, so what are you waiting for?

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