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Professional Litherland Woodworm Treatment

A woodworm infestation is caused by the larvae of wood-boring beetles infesting timber structures inside properties. Infestations can affect supporting beams, furniture - basically, anything made of wood.

To kill-off a woodworm infestation, you would need to call in pest control for Litherland woodworm treatment spray on any affected timber. A company such as Young’s Pest Control will carry out a unique treatment plan based on expert assessment of any compromised structures, including Litherland woodworm treatment furniture products.

A wood-boring beetle’s life cycle

Woodworm larvaeYou would normally find wood-boring beetles in nature, working away at fallen branches or logs. They have a life cycle that is typical of an insect, which is to say that they will go through four stages of development before starting another cycle. The cycle starts with the laying of an egg, which hatches a larva. After some time, the larva will form a pupa, the last stage before an adult beetle emerges.

The stage that does the most destruction, as far as humans are concerned, is the larval stage; larvae will eat away at any wood they infest, creating structurally-compromised timber. The nutrients and moisture within the wood they consume will help them develop.

Species of beetle

In the UK, there are four well-known species of wood-boring beetle: the Common Furniture beetle, House Longhorn beetle, Death Watch beetle and Powderpost beetle. Both the Common Furniture beetle and the House Longhorn beetle will attack softwoods such as plywood, whilst the Death Watch beetle will bore into hardwoods.

As its name suggests, the Common Furniture beetle is the most likely culprit of infestations in the UK. They are, however, the least damaging in terms of the size of holes they produce. The Common Furniture beetle has an average body-size of 3mm and produces exit holes measuring up-to 2mm. The House Longhorn beetle, on the other hand, bores holes as wide as 10mm.

Signs you may need treatment for woodworm removal

Woodborer, Oligomerus brunneus, extreme close-uptingBecause beetles can affect supporting timbers, it’s important, in such cases, to known as early as possible whether they are infested. Doing so will prevent a safety concern and, potentially, save you money on replacements. Some of the signs are:

• Small holes on wood surfaces that are surrounded by frass, powdery dust.
• Beetles in or around any affected timber or near windows.

It’s most important to look out for these signs in new housing and when old furniture has been brought back into the house.

Calling Young’s Pest Control for woodworm treatment spray

If you are suspicious of a woodworm infestation or have spotted one, our experts will see to it that the infestation is halted and the correct treatments, such as Litherland woodworm treatment furniture products, are applied as soon as possible. They will first inspect the infestation, determining whether it is active or not. In any case, the structural integrity of all infested wood will have to be ascertained and Litherland woodworm removal treatment applied, which will ensure your safety.