Winter Pests and Moisture: How’s Your Timber?

Published On February 1, 2017 | By admin | Home Improvement

Pest control Reading experts know that around the region you’ll find pests overwintering in comfort in homes and commercial premises and as moisture levels soar so too can timber rot issues.

Woodworm are the larvae of furniture beetles and they can damage timber’s structural integrity as much as they shred people’s nerves.

Early detection by a Reading timber treatment company like Pest Control Berkshire will limit further damage, lessen the cost of repair and eradicate your unwanted guests.

Cream woodworm larvae are curved. They feed on the starch in the wood because this is how they gain energy. They are larvae for anywhere between 2-5 years. They spend 2 weeks or less as furniture beetles, measuring from 3mm-6mm.

Eggs take 10-14 days to hatch and it’s from this moment that the larvae burrow deeper in to the woodwork. This is fun for them but it weakens timber.

2mm diameter holes and tunnels in the woodwork are a common. Normally round or oval, they appear to be freshly bored. The dust created from tunnelling is called frass.

Crumbling wood is often a sign of woodworm.

Immediately call a Reading timber treatment company.

Please use an accredited firm like Pest Control Berkshire who can offer long lasting guarantees and work in partnership with treatment specialists.

Timber rot

The two most prevalent types of fungal decay are dry rot (Serpula lacrymans. Meaning creeping or making tears) and wet rot (Coniophora puteana. Cellar fungus.)

If you want to identify which form of timber rot is in your woodwork then here are the major signs:

Dry rot:

  • Dry rot needs 20% moisture levels to occur.
  • Mushroom shapes sprout through plaster or paint.
  • In daylight dry rot is creamy yellow.
  • It is frequently present in a ventilation shaft.

Wet rot:

Severe winter weather or a plumbing issue on a porous surface offers wet rot an ideal environment.

  • Wet rot exists at high moisture levels, normally 50% +.
  • Brown/black fungus in fern shapes or lumps.
  • Spongy timber.
  • Darkened appearance.
  • Musty smell.
  • If the wet rot has dried the timber it will crumble and crack.
  • Flaking paintwork.
  • Timber rot is contained within the moist area.

The earlier the problem is detected, surveyed and a report issued from a reputable timber treatment firm the more quickly, and usually inexpensively, the matter can be dealt with.

The inspections are not cursory glances of just the affected area so don’t worry if the professional takes time assessing the timber rot or damage.

A comprehensive report and treatment quotation will be provided for evaluation.  

Timber treatment dries the area surrounding the timber rot and it closes off the cause of the high level of moisture which allowed the rot to form.

Damaged timbers will be removed and replaced. Wood hardener and preservative can then be applied to the surrounding area.

If your timber has water or pests playing in it seek timber treatment specialist advice.

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