We usually confuse them with termites, but sarcomas have their name, especially when it comes to causing damage to furniture and wooden objects.
Therefore, if you have ever heard noises in your wooden beams, it is very likely that they have a very small and harmful cause. Here we tell you what woodworm is and what to do once it appears.
Have you heard of her?
Woodworm is a xylophagous insect belonging to the beetle family. They are small larvae that pierce the wood making large holes and causing the fall of that dust or sawdust known as a query.
You’ve probably never heard of her, but surely you have heard the noise she produces when she is feeding. When recognizing woodworm pests, it is very complicated that using only sight, you can identify it.
However, its sound is very characteristic. It is similar to a knife scraping or scratching the wood. Woodworm usually forms the colonies of larvae that are the ones that cause the damage. Since a few days after reaching its adult stage, it deposits its eggs and dies.
Being insects in their initial phase does not withstand extreme temperatures, so they prefer to be sheltered in places with warmer temperatures such as homes.
Types of woodworm
Woodworm species can be summarized in these three:
- Anodos: they are species of whitish color and curved appearance. The larvae penetrate the wood, getting rid of it with their strong jaws. This type of woodworm does live after growing up since once it has wings in its adult phase, it undertakes a new path in search of more food.
- Liquids: usually prefer wood with high levels of starch and moisture and especially those structures with small holes (the most porous) to deposit their eggs in them.
- Creambicides: they are known as giant woodworm for their large size in adulthood. They have a yellowish color and strong jaws. They tend to give off lots of sawdust much denser.
How to eliminate woodworm
The main problem of having woodworm at home is the serious damage it produces on wooden structures, especially beams.
When controlling this pest, we can find both preventive and eliminative treatments. Here are some of them:
- When it comes to preventing its appearance, preventive fluids that are applied in the most superficial part are very effective. They usually adhere to wood and act as a termite repellent. They have widely used in not very deep woods.
- Insecticide products on the market are also of superficial application, although they tend to have greater reach. In many cases, to increase its effectiveness is done by pressure injection.
- The application of gels, on the other hand, acts very well as a curative or eliminative treatment.
- In case you prefer to opt for more natural remedies, you can make homemade traps with foods that attract your attention, such as acorns. Another of the most commonly used home methods is the subjugation of wood at low temperatures since, as we said at the beginning of this article, woodworm hates extreme temperatures. You can take advantage of the outside temperature, if it is quite low, to remove the furniture specifically to the terrace or balcony. With a few hours of exposure to the cold will suffice.