Control - why we use wood preservatives
the UK we are mainly concerned with woodworm treatment for Common Furniture Beetle,
(Anobium punctatum, in Latin). We need to practice safe woodworm beetle treatment
because of the long term damage that the woodworm larvae (grubs) cause in structural
and decorative woodwork in domestic houses and commercial buildings.
of the life cycle of the common furniture beetle (usually just called 'Woodworm'
for short) is important when carrying out woodworm treatment because we cannot
stop adult Woodworm beetles emerging using normal timber treatments, no matter
which surface applied woodworm treatment product we use. To eventually cure woodworm
we first need to break the 'egg laying cycle'.
furniture beetle starts life as an egg. These are laid on a bare, unpainted timber
surface, or in cracks and crevices, end grain and down old emergence holes.
These larvae hatch, bore into the sap wood, where they cause most of the damage.
The larvae feed on the wood and this 'worm' becomes larger for up to 5 years.
At some stage the wood worm moves close to the surface and constructs a pupal
Between May and
August the adult emerges from its pupal skin and chews its way out leaving the
familiar 'woodworm holes'. When they cut their way out they are not actually feeding
- the adult does not eat! When the adult beetles have emerged they mate and lay
eggs, frequently down the old emergence holes and into the pupal chambers and
tunnels. Sometimes both mating and egg laying can take place within the emergence
to stop Woodworm
treatment is essential, if active woodworm is present, in order to prevent
woodworm eggs from successfully boring into the timber and continuing the woodworm
life cycle. If woodworm, or worse still Death Watch Beetle, (or even worse still
House Longhorn Beetle) is allowed to continue to eat your wood, it will be structurally
weakened by the multitude of internal tunnels and beetle flight escape holes.
These exit holes are evidence of an attack of some type of woodworm, but the size
of the exit hole is important in determining the beetle species and hence its
life expectancy. Death watch Beetle has a much longer cycle (8 to 10 years) than
Common Furniture Beetle (3 to 5 years), so woodworm treatment, as a woodworm killer,
has to be adapted to suit the insect involved. Timber treatment is only part of
the woodworm story. Dampness also plays an important part in woodworm attack,
(woodworm prefer damp or wet timber) so timber treatment must take account of
damp, its source and its control or elimination. Fortunately, Boron based products
love moisture - they 'seek' the dampest parts of the wood, thus protecting the
most vulnerable areas.
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