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The Adult common woodworm
- difficult to spot, it only lives briefly to breed.
All the damage is done by
the 'grub' or 'wood worm', living deep inside the wood.
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Control - why we use wood preservatives
In 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.
Knowledge 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'.
Common 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 hole itself.
How 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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