Woodworm Treatment For Furniture
Furniture and ornamental wood items are very often made from quality hardwoods like oak, mahogany, rosewood, elm and walnut, and unfortunately such items can be very attractive to some of the common wood boring beetles.
The can sometimes be challenging to treat, because the fascias are usually painted and varnished or both. This coating means that insecticide won’t penetrate right into the wood, apart from through the actual holes, and removal of the coating is rarely a viable option.
However, we carry out hundreds of woodworm treatments of antique furniture every year. Insecticidal woodworm treatment of antique wood is applied onto the areas that are not coated, usually the inside, back and underside of the items.
It’s important to make sure the item is not standing on something that could stain, and we always place dust sheets underneath the items if possible.
If you have woodworm in furniture and the infestation is clearly active, the approach involves a full treatment of all the uncoated wood with a bespoke professional strength woodworm killer insecticide, and a meticulous spot treatment of the obvious areas of current woodworm activity using a concentrate of the insecticide.
With active infestations we advise two woodworm treatments 72 hours apart from each other. The first treatment is allowed to dry deep into the grain of the wood, effectively poisoning the item from a wood boring beetle perspective.
No adults will lay new eggs on the treated wood, and any larvae inside will be eating tainted sap. Then we repeat the process 72 hours later to top up and seal.
If the woodworm infestation may be historic and you are having a precautionary treatment for woodworm, then one treatment is sufficient. Or you may require a preventative woodworm treatment.
During any woodworm treatment our trained operatives will be wearing appropriate PPE and breathing apparatus. You and your family and pets cannot be in the room(s) where the woodworm treatment is taking place during the process, or for four hours afterwards.
Insecticidal Treatment of Wooden Items
- Two treatments 72 hours apart for active infestations using a professional strength woodworm insecticide.
- Treatment of the uncoated wood.
- Spot treatment with concentrate of active areas.
- For precautionary treatments, one application is sufficient.