Treating woodworm is just the first step of the process when it comes to getting them out of your home. After your home has been well and truly treated, it is essential to put preventative measures in place to help ensure that another infestation doesn’t arise.
After Treating Woodworm
After treating woodworm, you may think that you’re in the clear. The harsh reality is that if woodworm have found a spot where they can thrive in, they will likely find their way back there. When treating woodworm, it is always recommended to hire a professional. This will help ensure that all of the woodworm are gone as even one woodworm egg can start the whole cycle over again. If you have opted for the DIY woodworm treatment it is essential to make sure that there are none left behind.
After treating woodworm, it is essential to put preventative measures in place to stop the problem from occurring again. Here are some of the most tried and tested methods of preventing woodworm;
Test Humidity Levels in Home
Ensuring that the levels of humidity in your homestay low is a great preventative measure to take on board when it comes to woodworm. Even though woodworm have the potential to thrive in most conditions, they prefer damp and warm places. Preventing humidity in your home will help ensure that you aren’t encouraging them back in.
Remove Woodworm Infected Items
The sad truth is that woodworm can affect pretty much any wooden item, this includes floorboards, timber frames and even furniture. Woodworm are notorious for being able to hide in the boreholes that they create before, especially as eggs. Even after treating woodworm you may not manage to get rid of them all. That’s why it is essential to strip out any wood that has been infected in your home. Not only will this help prevent woodworm from returning, it will also help ensure that there are no issues in the structural stability of your home and furniture.
Install Electric Fly Traps
Electric fly traps may seem cruel and they won’t be for everyone. But when it comes to the structural integrity of your home you may want to consider this one. Electric fly traps are a great way to ensure that any emerging adult woodworm beetles are stopped in their tracks. Electric fly traps can be placed in loft spaces and under ventilated areas or any other area where woodworm may be prevalent.
Treat Your Wood
There are many ways of treating wood to help prevent woodworm, one of the most effective is using glazing shellac and using a paintbrush to apply it to the most at risk areas (or all areas) depending on how much time you have. This will help prevent the woodworm from being able to burrow through the wood. You just need to ensure that there isn’t any left behind.