Woodworm (Oligomerus ptilinoides, Lyctus brunneus, Anobium punctatum, etc.)
The term “woodworm” identifies all species of beetles belonging to different families which in the larval stage feed on wood and wooden artefacts.
Apart from a few exceptions, adults are small (3-8 mm in length) with brown or brown-blackish colouring.
The larvae develop in wood by digging food tunnels and, depending on the species, well identified parts of the wood may be attacked. The development period is very variable depending on the species, the wood under attack and the micro-climatic conditions.
The damage caused by these insects can be very great, varying from decidedly aesthetic damage (damage to furniture, works of art, etc.) to structural damage when the infestation affects wooden beams in buildings.
Another problem with woodworm is diagnosis: unfortunately, in most cases it is only possible to detect infestation when the larval development cycle is over.
Signs that must immediately rouse suspicion of an infestation by woodworm are: the presence of gnawing near wooden materials, holes in wooden artefacts, and the presence of small, dark beetles near windows or in rooms.
Igiencontrol considers managing infestations by woodworm to be a company specialisation and before setting to work it prepares a diagnostic protocol of use in ascertaining the infesting species and locating the infested portions. With a definite diagnosis, depending on the case, it works with appropriate physical techniques which enable the infesting presence to be destroyed, even if located deep inside the wood.