This is a special guest post written by a long term friend and contributor for Our Place In Time. They had a very interesting account of their art gallery which needed some care and attention in the form of woodworm treatment. With all those art installations and wooden frames everywhere, the last thing they wanted was woodworm destroying the place.
Our Woodworm Treatment Story
Our art gallery is a magnificent building in the heart of Edinburgh here in sunny Scotland. It is around 200 years old with all original fixtures and decorations, but upkeep of any old building is always a constant battle. We have had to endure a fair number of problems with the gallery, from damp to decay, but they have never directly threatened the art in the gallery. This time around, the problem did indeed pose a threat to our art, so it got everyone worked up that some of the art was going to be compromised. We had to have a professional company come in and apply woodworm treatment to some of the areas of the building to stop it in its tracks and prevent it from spreading and causing issues.
How To Spot Woodworm
Woodworm treatment top tips include sealing the entrance holes on the inside of the tree, removing any larvae that have already infested the wood and checking for signs of the larvae on the outer surfaces of the branches. You will also need to make sure that all possible entrances for the larvae are sealed in order to prevent them from emerging again. There is usually no need for chemical treatments, but it is possible to treat the woodworms with natural methods using vinegar or a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and also oiled paper towels or cardboard tubes as a natural bait for the larvae.
Having spent at least five years munching on your timbers, the adults will then ‘pupa’ or turn into a full grown adult insect and burrow their way into the wood, leaving behind an unpleasant, unmistakable sign of small round exit holes on the surface of the wood. The woodworms that emerge from these holes will feed on the remaining layers of the wood.
Preventing The Spread
In general, prevention is the best treatment methods for woodworm, so you should do everything possible to avoid them. It is best to seal all possible entry points for the larvae, such as under logs, on the inside of the trunk and other places that the adults may have entered. This can be as simple as covering the openings with a piece of plastic or by sealing them with cedar chips.
As mentioned above, treating the larvae using natural baits is a good method of treatment, especially if the infestation is severe. Applying vinegar to the outside of the trees and also placing pieces of soaked linen on the outside of the trunk can be effective, although you should not leave this application sitting overnight, as the growth of the insects could cause an outbreak of mites. The most common woodworm bait that can be used is cedar chips, which can be soaked in vinegar and then applied to the bark of the trees. If you have to do this yourself, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Woodworms can also be effectively treated chemically, although this method of treatment has been known to cause damage to the tree. You should use a woodworm treatment solution which contains high levels of pyrethrins and pyrethrin. These chemicals are known to kill the larvae of the woodworm, which are then released into the soil and eaten by the soil-feeding insects.
Another woodworm treatment method that is available to you if the infestation is severe is to use a worm composting method. This involves mixing an organic liquid with an organic and one or two water based shampoos to create a slurry with a pH level of around ten, and allowing it to sit overnight. Once this mixture is placed on the infected areas of the tree, it is necessary to apply this slurry every day over the affected area, allowing it to break down the living woodworms slowly.