The larvae of wood pests are popularly called woodworms. The name came about because of the worm-like appearance of the insect larvae that pierce through wood and feed on it. They are called house billy beetles, sapwood beetles, common or colourful rodent beetles, and different types of wood from roof trusses, floor and ceiling constructions, stairs, furniture, or other wooden objects.
Woodworm infestation often goes undetected for years. It is especially dangerous when structural beams are affected. The gnawed, eaten and thus missing wood substance weakens the strength and the load-bearing capacity of the wood. Houses can collapse like this. Through their feeding activity, woodworms cause millions in damage to the existing building structure every year.
In addition, the woodworm does not stop at works of art and antiques, historical church organs, altars or church stalls, which as cultural treasures are often lost through destruction. Many architects, those responsible for churches, museums and culture, and homeowners, preservationists and restorers know about this problem and are looking for practical, reliable solutions.
Economic consequences of woodworm infestation
- Destruction of roof trusses, half-timbering, stairs, art objects, furniture
- Static weakening of load-bearing components, the danger of collapse and death
- Massive loss in value of affected houses and objects
- Lawsuits, claims for damages, liability damage
- Violation of state building regulations, which provide for stability and the protection of load-bearing components
- Risk of spreading to other objects
If an infestation by wood-destroying insects is found, the damage is often far-reaching. Therefore, once you suspect you have a wood pest problem, it is vital to act immediately.