How is woodworm treated?
There are several methods for treating woodworm. The best approach will depend on the severity of the infestation, species of wood boring beetle responsible, and if it’s still active. Most woodworm infestations will be treated using insecticides.
Woodworm spray treatment
Most woodworm infestations can be resolved through a surface spray treatment. A woodworm spray treatment involves applying a water-based pesticide that contains Permethrin to all affected timbers within the property. We also recommend that surrounding timbers are treated as a precaution.
When highly concentrated, Permethrin can cause skin, eye, throat and nose irritation, so our engineers ensure they always wear appropriate protective clothing and breathing apparatus when undertaking a spray treatment. We also make sure the area is well ventilated. After 3-4 hours, the room should be completely safe for you to use as normal.
Woodworm injection treatment
On occasion, a surface treatment may not be sufficient for treating your woodworm problem. In the case of infestations caused by the Deathwatch beetle, an injection treatment or paste will be required.
This is because the Deathwatch beetle never has to leave your timbers in order to feed or reproduce; it can live an entire life cycle of up to 10 years eroding the structural integrity of your timbers from the inside out.
Woodworm injection treatment involves applying a gel or paste containing insecticide directly into the escape holes left behind by adult beetles or into holes specifically drilled into the timber for this purpose. This treatment should then be repeated every year for four years in order to ensure total eradication.
In conclusion, treating woodworm is far from straightforward. It is important to consult a professional to ensure that a safe and effective woodworm treatment is chosen and to obtain the best possible results. You should also choose a woodworm specialist that offers a lengthy guarantee to ensure these persistent pests don’t return.