Furniture beetle is the most common and widespread form of wood destroying insect found in domestic buildings in Ireland.Because active and unchecked woodworm infestation can cause serious damage to your property early diagnosis and treatment is important.
Where to look - if active woodworm infestation is present in your home it will usually be found in the roof timbers.
What to look for – active woodworm infestation is always be indicated by fresh flight holes and by bore dust – especially during the summer months. Infestation is usually found in the attic space around the attic trap door area or in rafter timbers immediately over uncovered water tanks.
The treatment – careful and appropriate brush or spray treatment of infested or at risk timbers is highly successful.
Guidelines on how to treat woodworm infestation
Spray treatment using a Wykamol Dual Purpose Wood Preservative is the most successful method of eradicating active woodworm infestation.
Spray treatments are usually delivered using a lightweight knapsack or similar type, portable spraying equipment.
Roof Voids - in advance of treatment all attic spaces should be cleared of stored materials and insulation should be rolled back to allow access to ceiling timbers.
Always cover attic water tanks during and immediately after spray treatment
On completion of attic treatment close attic trap door and open all windows to thoroughly ventilate the treated property.
Floor timbers – apart from general surface treatments some flooring boards will always need to be lifted to allow access to joists timbers and to the underside of infested boards.
Always wear protective clothing, including a suitable face mask and gloves.
Never work alone and always take plenty of breaks during treatment work.