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How to Kill Woodworm


The simple, effective and sensible option when you detect a woodworm infestation is to call in specialists to handle the issue but many people decide to try over the counter woodworm treatments to save themselves money.

This, at first, seems to be a clever idea. You don’t want woodworm in your property and the DIY store has a range of products on its shelves which confidently tell you that their concoction is the answer to all your problems.

It may be, but ask yourself this: If over the counter DIY woodworm eradication products were successful and completely removed an infestation, be it large, small, but always expanding, then why would anyone need a woodworm treatment company?

Firms including Thames Valley Timber Treatment have access to under license applications which, when added to the specialist’s experience, knowledge and understanding of the pest, prove invaluable.

You may pay more for woodworm treatment and woodworm prevention measures from an expert but you’ll have the peace of mind that 100% of the issue will be addressed and that necessary tactics have been used to protect timber and furniture for a long period in to the future. Remember, your DIY woodworm treatment is unlikely to offer a 20-30 year guarantee but a professional woodworm treatment company does. You can trust their work.

DIY woodworm killing often has an element of cross your fingers and hope for the best and who truly wants to wonder if they still have unwanted guests when the certainty of professional eradication is available within a convenient and reassuring timescale?

Woodworm don’t flit between items of furniture or from joist to joist. They remain entrenched in the timber they are born in or on and remain there throughout their lives as larvae and pupa. By the time they form in to beetles they are adults and they have eaten the cellulose in the wood to survive for anywhere between 2-5 years.

As they’ve progressed with their tunnelling and created galleries the woodwork has become weaker, easy to crumble or fall through and health and safety has been compromised.

If you see what appear to be freshly bored holes in timber or furniture, ask yourself how confident you’ll be, as a novice, about whether the problem is caused by new woodworm or if woodworm were in the piece in the past and pose no threat now? Again, experts are required for this, as they are for establishing the severity of an infestation.

You may be tempted to liberally douse every wooden item in the property but this could be very unwise, not only could the infestation be isolated and small but you’re exposing any people, animals and even plants on the property to noxious chemicals inexpertly. Please, don’t take any risks, call in a woodworm treatment company who will carry out a thorough survey and deliver accurate, scaled treatment.

No one likes to think they’re sharing a property with wriggly pests but please act wisely rather than on impulse. You’ll be glad that you did.

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