Wood Boring Insects and Removal Treatment
First there is the woodworm. The woodworm is not a specific beetle; rather, it’s a generic term used to describe all types of beetles during their larvae stages, in which they infest and consume wood.
Adult beetles carry and then lay their eggs on the surface of the wood. Sometimes they may even try to insert the eggs just under the top surface of the wood. As the larvae hatches and grows, they feed on the wood in which they hatched upon, causing immense structural problems.
There are 2 methods when it comes to removal of woodworms. First there is the generally used insecticides that come in chemical form. The second wood boring Manchester insect treatment method, which is much more safe for the environment and your home, is the use of dry wood, and the drying out of damp wood, as woodworms usually only infest damp areas.
• Death Watch Beetle
Death watch beetles are pests which cause timber infestation as well as furniture and other structural damages. They only cause infestations during their larvae stage, but once fully grown will continue to lay eggs in the same area they caused prior damage to.
The pest was given the name death watch beetle due to the constant ticking noise it creates by banging it’s head against wood; a mating call to attract other beetles. A number of different wood boring insect treatment methods are used to treat death watch beetle infestations, including gas fumigation, smoke treatments, pressure injection, and heat sterilization.
• House Longhorn Beetle
The house longhorn beetle is known for causing the worst timber infestation. They will infest many different areas, including outdoor timber, roofs, floorboards, beams, and doors.
During it’s larvae stage, the beetles are laid and hatch inside fine cracks of the wood. They then feed on the wood, edging deeper inside, where they can live for 3-6 years. The most popular and used method of treatment for the house longhorn beetle is organic solvent or paste.
• Common Furniture Beetle
The common furniture beetle is a well-known Manchester wood boring beetle. During it’s larvae stage, the beetles edge inside of the wood and begins feeding on it, causing cosmetic damage and structural problems. The larvae are more prove to attack timber that’s in cool and damp conditions. Areas prove to infestation include bathroom flooring, and wooded areas that contain leaks. Methods of common furniture beetle treatment include residual insecticide, applied only to infested areas, gas fumigation, and timber replacement.
• Wood Boring Weevil
The wood boring weevil, just like all other wood boring beetles, cause infestation during their larvae stage. Adult weevils will first lay eggs in holes that have already been created by prior weevils. The larvae then create a tunnel in the wood for about 6-12 months.
Wood boring weevils can be treated effectively by the removal of wood from damp areas, drying out the timber, or replacing the decayed timber.