Timber is made up of cellulose and lignin, both of which offer a food source for pests. This article provides a guide to the different types of pests that may attack timber in your home. Read on to find out more!
Termites may be small, but their effects on your home are anything but. These pests feed off cellulose, which is present in the timber of your home. Usually, you will notice termites by their damage to your house. If you see little piles of dust around the edge of wooden flooring or walls, for instance, this can be a tell-tale sign that there are termites in your walls gobbling up the wood.
Termite infestation can be attacked with a chemical treatment. This will eradicate any termites that have made their way into your house. In addition, you should have a regular check-up of the timber in your home to ensure you do not have a problem.
There are several species of beetle larvae that can infest timber structures in order to breed. The larvae they leave inside the wood bore through and feed on it. If you have a problem with beetle larvae, these pests can cause significant structural damage to your home. Unlike termites, larvae tend not to leave any visible sign of a problem for a very long time. This is because they live under the surface of your timber, making it extremely difficult to notice whether they are present until you start to see cracks appearing in wooden structures or floors. Because of this lack of visibility, you must have regular inspections carried out on the timber in your home to ensure you are not at risk of attracting these pests.
The easiest way to remove beetle larvae from your home is to call in a pest controller who will use various techniques to eliminate the problem permanently. For example, they may use a chemical treatment for your timber to create an invisible shield on the surface of the wood, which helps strengthen and protect it against pest attacks.
If you would like to find out more about pests that can pose a risk to the timber in your home, or if you would like advice and assistance tackling an ongoing infestation, you should make contact with a local pest control service today. A member of the team will be happy to help.