Prevent the woodworm and do not invite

For the common weevil to find no attractive living conditions, wood must be dry above all. In normally heated living spaces, wood with less than ten percent residual moisture is not a preferred destination. The woodworm likes cool and humid environments. In this case additional precautionary measures are necessary.

Add new wood to the household

If a check has been made as to whether a woodworm is active or not and has been marketed, preventing re-infestation becomes important. In new buildings and conversions, the attractiveness of woodworms can be significantly reduced through forward-looking planning.

Individual new wooden objects such as picture frames, sculptures and furniture legs should be integrated into visible holes in a kind of "quarantine". In a plastic bag or a plastic bag, you can be shielded from the environment. Some acorns thrown in can serve as indicators of larval activity.

Protective measures against woodworm infestation

In damp and cool rooms such as the storage room, loft, cellar or shed, existing woodworms can not only continue to live, but "feed" new inhabitants. Some simple methods help prevent this risk:

  • Avoid direct contact with the ground
  • Protect from precipitation during outdoor storage
  • Ensure good ventilation (staggered logs and wooden objects)
  • Treat affected wood with heat
  • Avoid cool and damp storage locations in autumn, winter and spring

Outdoor requirements

Outside, wood can not always be protected from moisture, cold and rain. A glaze or a varnish seal the surfaces. It is not mandatory to use a coating with a special chemical agent. Even the mechanical barrier protects well against the woodworm.

After successful removal of the woodworms, the holes can be filled, which builds up another mechanical hurdle. Above all, it is important to have component sides that are close to the ground, which should be provided with a protective layer or an intermediate protection such as a tarp or other hurdle.

Special manufacturers offer waxes with which the holes can be closed. This prevents new beetles from availing themselves of the convenience of the existing "infrastructure".

Tips & Tricks

Chemicals and sealants only help you with the potential risk of creating toxins. Try to protect your wood with purely mechanical and physical measures and methods.

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