The woodworm can be fought in some cases with the hair dryer


The larvae of woodworm consist to a large extent of protein, which degenerates from about 55 degrees Celsius. This safe killing can also be achieved with a conventional hair dryer. For this purpose, the power must be sufficient and the wood is brought to this temperature completely up to the core for a minimum exposure time.

Depending on the continuous heating

When the woodworm has penetrated into smaller and flatter wooden objects, a conventional hair dryer can provide sufficient heat to combat. In this completely biological control no residues of aids and odors arise.

The heat output of most dryers is generated by a motor between 1000 and 1500 watts. This results in an outlet temperature of seventy to 100 degrees. When this sufficient heat is consistently transmitted to the wood, it is sufficient to kill the larvae of the woodworm.

Build heat spreader for the hair dryer

In order to guarantee the degeneration of the protein and thus the death of the woodworm at any stage of development, the minimum temperature for at least sixty minutes must be consistent throughout the wood. This can be achieved with a conventional hair dryer. Funnels or side restraints such as a shoebox can "capture" the heat from the hair dryer more effectively.

For small and flat wooden components such as planks, a complete removal can be achieved with the hair dryer, especially in the case of partial infestation. To get a better chance of success, an aftercare with iospropanol is an ideal supplement to combat the woodworm with home remedies.

How to combat woodworm with the hair dryer

  • Hair dryer with at least 1000 watts of power
  • Roasting and cooking thermometer
  • Shoe box or similar
  • aluminum paper

1. Localize heating

Look for all spots on and in the wood with existing "holes" of woodworm. Mark the surfaces to be heated. Sketch a plan based on the type and size of your auxiliary construction, which will transport the heat to the wood. Drill two measuring holes per surface area into which the thermometer tip fits.

2. Build auxiliary construction

What kind of auxiliary construction you need depends on the place of work. With vertical Beföhn from above is recommended a sewerage of heat with the possibility to insert the dryer or mount. For example, dress a shoe box with paper. The everted cardboard is placed on the surface to be heated in a suitably cut hole on the underbody.

3. Measure the foehn temperature

First measure the outlet temperature of the air jet with the frying and cooking thermometer. Hold the probe tip in the center of the outlet nozzle about one centimeter from the nozzle inlet. The temperature should be between seventy and ninety degrees Celsius.

4. Touch up

Put the hairdryer with the auxiliary construction on the wood and let it run for about 15 minutes. Measure the heating in the measuring holes with the thermometer. When it reaches 55 degrees, let the hair dryer continue for 45 minutes.

Tips & Tricks

Even when using the private hair dryer realized hot air process costs arise that you should consider. Each working hour generates between forty and fifty euro cents, depending on the power and electricity price.

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