How to Prevent a Woodworm Infestation
The woodworm is any number of species of boring beetles that make their home in wood. The woodworm causes a lot of damage to wood from larvae state to maturity. You can prevent the infestation of woodworms by taking a few steps to halt their growth and progress. This will prevent any further damage to your wood structures, furniture and surfaces.
In order to prevent woodworm infestation from occurring, here are some tools, materials and steps necessary for you to successfully deal with woodworm infestation.
Step 1: Supplies and Precautions
If you in particular live in an area that is subject to woodworm infestation, it is a good ideal to treat all wood surfaces with an insecticide spray designed to eliminate woodworms. To do this go to a hardware or pest supplies store and purchase a sprayer and insecticide enough to spray the trees and other affected areas in your yard. Remember when using insecticides to read all labels and instructions and wear protective wear, including a mask and goggles. The last thing that you want to happen is to get any of the spray in your eyes or on your clothes. Also, keep any animals and children away from the area that you intend to apply the spray.
Step 2: Apply Insecticide to Wood Surfaces
Fill the sprayer with the insecticide that you purchased. Apply the treatment to your wood surfaces, according to the instructions on the label. Make sure that you apply the insecticide in even coats and on all area in which the woodworm might invade and cause damage. Do the same for any out door wood decks and other exposed wood surfaces that may also be subject to a woodworm attack.
Step 3: Treat Wood Patios and Decks
Take a glazing shellac and apply it to the wood surfaces of your outdoor patio and deck. The glaze will act as a protecting agent that will prevent any woodworms and other pests from boring into the wood and causing damage. The glaze will also act as a sealant against the elements and prevent the wood from sun damage and other elements that it may be exposed to. Be sure to apply several coats in subsequent applications, allowing the wood to dry completely in between each application of sealant.
Step 4: Inspect the Wood
At least monthly, check the trees and wood surfaces at your home to determine if the surfaces have been infested with woodworms. If you applied the treatments properly you should find very little evidence of woodworm infestation. That you may have halted their progress only means that you must remain vigilant, occasionally applying insecticide to the trees in order to ensure that no further evidence of woodworms exist.