Wood pests go through four stages of development:
- Adult beetle
The adult beetles like to lay their eggs in open wooden cells (end-grain), cracks and crevices and, if necessary, in old loopholes from previous infestations of wooden objects, in floorboards and construction timber.
After hatching, the egg larvae eat their way into the wood immediately so that an infestation cannot be recognized from the outside at this time. They are hungry, and wood is their only source of food. Securely hidden in the wood, they continue their “tunnel construction” for years, depending on the type. When the larvae are larger and more mature, they pupate near the surface of the wood. The adult beetle gnaws its way through the wood without eating it.
The fact is: wood-destroying insects are food specialists who, depending on the species, prefer different types of wood and wood moisture levels. While they are eating, you can sometimes hear feeding noises. When the beetles leave the wood, you will find conspicuous pegs, so-called drill dust flags, consisting of wood rasps and particles of excrement. After hatching, each species leaves its characteristic infestation pattern, such as B. different sized round or oval exit holes.
Typical signs of woodworm infestation
- Excursion holes, feeding tunnels
- Rotten woods, lack of wood strength
- Gnawing and feeding traces, audible feeding noises
- Live and dead beetles
- Wood dust piles (drilling dust), surface bulges, wood discolouration
- The smell emanating from damp wood or masonry
Countermeasures for woodworms
- Identification of the pest type and determination of the extent of damage
- Removal of the wood that is no longer viable
- Combat and preventive protection through approved preparations from the German Institute for Building Technology
- Application of the protective agent depending on the findings in the surface and injection method
- Hot air treatment
- Treatment with the natural gas balloon: Controlled Atmosphere Technology (CAT) in museums and galleries – the residue-free application for sensitive objects
- AAA Termites and Pest Control service agreements to ensure that qualified pest controllers carry out regular infestation controls
The combat wood pests in built-up wood in your building you should leave to professionals because the structure of your home can be affected and can get as far-reaching consequences for you. Before treatment by DIN 68800-4 can begin, a trained AAA Termites and Pest Control wood protection expert prepares an accurate damage assessment. Our inspection includes – in addition to the woodworm – all other wood pests. We check all load-bearing beams, including the ceiling and floor structures. It is, therefore, possible that floorboards will need to be lifted or cladding removed.
Our offer contains information about the type of pest, infested areas and necessary treatment measures. We also point out which beams have to be checked by a carpenter and, if necessary, reinforced or replaced.
For more information on how AAA Termites and Pest Control can control wood pests or arrange an appointment with one of our competent technical advisors, please call us: Tel. +330 723-2515.