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The enemies of wood

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As robust as it is, the wood is never immune to natural alterations. Inside and outside, on furniture, floors or frames, it can be assaulted from all sides. To remedy this, it is sometimes necessary to apply a treatment, curative or preventive. Before tackling the problem, it is necessary to know the cause. To help you fight them, Tinkerbrick offers you to discover the enemies of wood in the first part of our file.

The xylophages: these insects that devour the wood

Folder wood treatment: the enemies of wood: wood

Close relatives of cockroaches, termites are woodworms with a devastating appetite who live in colonies. They prefer moist woods but also dry woods. A real scourge, sometimes it only takes them a few months to completely destroy a structure. They seem to like themselves in France, especially in the Landes regions, the most affected by this pandemic. There is also a "termite law" subsidizing disinsectisation operations. Small winding and / or vertical galleries in the wood usually indicate the presence of these unwanted guests. To eliminate them, one finds active products, most often with carbon sulphide but also baits of all kinds and preventive treatments various and varied. The capricorns of the houses prefer softwoods. They damage them by drilling holes with their powerful mandibles capable of piercing lead. They dig oval galleries following the wire of the wood, leave small regular streaks behind them and sometimes emit sounds of friction. It is recommended to use a specific 5-step treatment to overcome this devastating parasite.

Folder wood treatment: the enemies of wood: enemies

The big and small vrillettes seem to appreciate all wetlands, making no distinction between furniture, carpentry and even small wooden objects. Living in osmosis with mushrooms, they attack conifers as well as hardwoods. The big wormwood is found thanks to holes 2 to 4 mm in diameter and galleries filled with small granules. The small vrillette leaves behind smaller holes, 1 to 2 mm and small heaps of wormwood on the surface of the wood. To exterminate them, it is necessary to begin by removing the zones of humidity then to apply to wood a treatment in 5 stages. The brown lyctus, an insect from the tropics, mainly attacks exotic woods and hardwoods made of starch such as ash or oak. The edges of doors and windows seem to be his favorite areas. It leaves behind small oval exit holes, 1 to 2 mm in diameter, and a light floury sawdust. To get rid of it effectively, it is advisable to apply an injection treatment to the wood.

Wood-eating fungi, these wood-eating fungicides

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The merule, better known as the mushroom of the houses, causes a fragmentation of the wood. It is found in the confined and humid areas of the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere. It evolves by forming masses of white cotton wool, up to several cubic meters. The coniophore of houses is recognized by its olive-green mycelium. It comes to stay in very humid places and particularly in the cellars. True destroyer, it can cause total collapse of the woods which it feeds. Many rots and molds are added to the list, causing discolouration and alteration of the wood. They are diagnosed with the development of their mycelium, declining in different shades ranging from brown to red through blue.

To eradicate them, first remove the areas of moisture and then apply chemical treatment or hot air treatment that will kill the bacteria by raising the temperature of the infested area.

Whatever the problem encountered, HandymanDudimanche advises you to hire a professional. Often toxic to humans, curative products are handled with the utmost care. To find out more about the different wood treatments, we invite you to see us next week in the second part of our file.

Hélène David - HandymanDuenchie - March 6, 2008

The other aspects of the file "Wood processing": Preventive treatment of wood Curative treatment Ecological treatment of wood


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