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Tips for Preventing Woodworm Infestation

Thursday, October 02, 2014

We have been focusing our blog posts on woodworm over the last few weeks. We've done so because autumn is one of two times during the year when we see the most woodworm activity. Spring is the other busy time. A woodworm infestation can cause serious problems with both your furniture and the structural timbers of your home, so it is best not to take this threat lightly.

Pest Control Services is happy to come to your location to treat a woodworm problem. However, by the time you realise you have an infestation there may already be a significant amount of damage requiring wet rot or dry rot treatment. Preventing the pests from getting a foothold on your property is a better strategy.

Here are the three best prevention tips we can give you:

1. Control Humidity – All woodworm varieties thrive on timbers with a high moisture content. They need water to survive and grow, so the best way to prevent an infestation is to deprive them of that water. Keep the humidity levels inside your home as low as possible, and make sure all exposed wood is well ventilated.

2. Remove Affected Timbers – If you notice any of the early signs of an infestation, it is best to remove the affected furniture or timbers right away to prevent the pests from spreading. These can be reintroduced once they have been treated.

3. Insect Traps – The damage from woodworm is not caused by the adult beetles; it's caused by the larva that bore into wood surfaces in order to feed on the pulp. Yet any adult beetles that make it into your home can reproduce. Reduce the chances of that happening by installing insect traps in ventilated areas during the summer months.

As always, do not hesitate to call us at the first sign of a problem. Pest Control Services provides a woodworm treatment service in Berkshire, Newbury, Thatcham, and Hungerford. We are also proud to be the Sovereign approved woodworm treatment specialists for Berkshire, and large areas of Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire. We offer guarantees of up to 30 years on any woodworm treatment, underwritten by Sovereign Chemicals Ltd.

With autumn now upon us, there are other household pests to be concerned about as well. Please contact us as soon as possible if you need help with rats, mice, fliesmoles, cockroaches, or any other pests on your property. Our same-day service will help get you sorted quickly.

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