Treatment of a woodworm infestation is not a cheap proposition. It is also not a do-it-yourself type of project. There are products on the market, such as moth balls, which may be effective in treating certain types of woodworm infestations; however, they do not eliminate all the problems. Knowing the typical cost of woodworm treatment will help you determine how much it would cost to treat a worm infestation for your home or business.
Beginning Woodworm Treatment
Treatment of a woodworm infestation should begin with a thorough cleaning. In most cases, it is necessary to remove any existing infestations and prevent re-infestations by keeping floors, furniture, and landscaping clean and free of debris. When removing existing infestations, it is best to use an environmentally safe product, such as liquid organic matter (LOV), which is diluted with water. This liquid can be applied to any affected areas, including those that are heavily infested with woodworm larvae. It is important to dry the area completely before applying the mixture.
Permeability holes, sometimes referred to as “pencil holes,” are used to treat woodworm infestations. Permeability holes are holes made by pouring permethrin into the holes and then sealing them. This process seals the holes and makes it difficult for adult worms to enter the treated area.
If there is going to be a woodworm treatment of an existing infestation, it is a good idea to know the typical cost of treatment, because this will allow you to set realistic expectations about what it is going to cost to get rid of the problem. If the infestation is fairly minimal, then it is possible to treat for the problem yourself. For larger infestations, where there may be several layers of infestation, then it is a good idea to contact a professional pest control company. The typical cost of treatment includes the cost of the product itself, the application of the treatment (sometimes containing permethrin), and for severe infestations, transportation to the treatment facility. If the treatment is successful, then the cost of treatment should include a fee for returning dead or dying insects back to the wild.
Another way to treat an existing woodworm problem is called bait treatment. Bait treatments are generally very simple and involve adding some bait to the infested area. When the worms in the soil come across this bait, they will feed on it. As the worms feed, they will continue to feed, and in a few days, the entire colony will be back to normal. These treatments are most effective if used in conjunction with an appropriate woodworm treatment product.
A more common woodworm treatment involves applying a varnish to the affected area. Woodworm varnish contains a chemical that kills the adult worms, as well as any larvae that are currently growing. After the varnish has been applied and allowed to dry, the area can be treated with a special insecticide to kill any remaining adults and larvae. The last step is simply to paint the treated area with a neutral color so as to allow the varnish to completely cover the area. This method is less messy than some other treatments and will allow you to treat woodworm problems easily and efficiently.