One of the most common terms that the inhabitants of any home have heard about is woodworms. They are the small insects that have made tiny little holes in the wood work of your home. Not only they make tiny holes in your wood but also make it shallow from inside and thus weaken its durability. There are many ways of telling whether they have infested your house or not or whether their cycle is active or inactive after the last attempts you made for getting rid of them.
How They Inhabit Your Home?
The main culprit for this spread is the infected timber. Once you have brought an infected timber in your home then it is bound to live, spread and infect the wood in your house. Be it the old furniture or your new cupboards and fireplace anything and everything can be their prey. They enter your house through this timber and then hideaway in the cracks and breaks here and there to lay eggs. The eggs then hatch and transform into larvae which stay and eat your timber and wood and then transform into a big beetle. This beetle then restarts the entire cycle while spreading in number and infecting your house wood further.
How to Figure the Woodworms Out?
Woodworm beetle has many types and species. Each of them has a complex study and a complex cycle of likes, habits and infections. But generally, you can hear closely in your wood for a ticking sound which signifies that your wood is the home for the Deathwatch Beetle. You can also look for them in the following 3 ways according to specialists and expect to find them:
1. Exit Holes
You can tell that your wood is infected, if it has exit holes that are the tiny holes in millimeters, made by the beetles. Larvae of these beetles make them when they are hatched in the underside of the timber and then force themselves out from the surface of the wood by eating the insides of the wood. The lighter shade holes indicate clearly that the infestation is active inside your wood.
One obvious way to find out whether your wood is infested is to look for the sign of waste of these beetles. Naturally, it is bound to leave the sign of all the eaten wood through the frass. It looks like the shavings of wood which indicates that the wood is being eaten from inside even if it has no sign of holes on the surface.
3. Live Beetles
Another way to find the woodworms is to actually look for the beetles in your wood. Obviously, if they have infected your wood or have started to lay eggs in the breaks then you are bound to find them in the cracks or crevices and below the wood.
Learn to Treat Woodworm
There is nothing to worry, if you have spotted their existence early in time. The best way to get rid of them is through the most commonly available water-based spray treatment. It doesn’t only kill the entire infestation from your wood but also prevent it from getting infected again. The spray is generally absorbed by the wood which kills the beetle along with larvae and eggs completely.