Woodworm is a problem that may have had a run-in with at some point, be it in a small way or large infestation. As such, it’s probably a good idea to get to know your enemy a little more than you already do…granted, this is not a topic you tend to think about much to begin with, but the more you know, the better you can fight them, right? So…here are some interesting facts about woodworm for you to look over.
•Larvae can hide inside wood for years at a time
Unlike many beetles, the larvae of boring beetles (which is what woodworm are!) can live for years inside wood, only boring to the surface when they’ve matured to adulthood. This means that you could have a woodworm problem for years and not even know it. Detection is key.
•Adult woodworm beetles like light
This is why adult boring beetles make their way to the surface of the wood. They want to be near the light. You can often find boring beetles near windows or other sources of natural light in your home or other structure. It’s a good place to look if you suspect an infestation.
•The Common Furniture Beetle is the most popular kind of woodworm
It’s true, it is the most common kind of boring beetle to be found in homes. These pests find their way into houses through cracks or as a hitchhiker, and then nibble on your furniture when you aren’t looking.
•Woodworm can cause serious problems
Woodworm can cause serious damage to your furniture and the timber structures of your home if left unchecked, which is why proper detection is so important. In some serious cases, woodworm have been known to cause a home to collapse due to infestation. This is why you should call in a pest control company if you even suspect an infestation. Better to be safe than sorry, right? Especially when it comes to that antique furniture you love so much. Woodworm love it.
Like most pests, woodworm are more of a nuisance than anything, but they can cause real damage in your home, similar to that of rats and mice. Make sure that you know everything about woodworm in terms of signs to watch for, so that you make sure they never live rent free in the leg of your favourite dining room chair without your knowledge. Knowing your enemy is the best way to defeat it, after all.