These pests can easily destroy entire buildings, not to mention turning furniture to dust. The following methods are used to fight wood pests:
- chemical - treatment with various organic or non-organic chemicals, found in solid, liquid, or simply gaseous state;
- thermal – the destruction of insects by both high and low temperatures;
- microwave technology as a method of controlling woodboring beetles.
The vast range and ongoing updates in the pesticide industry have rendered insects immune to the poison. The use of chemicals is likely to make woodworms immune to insecticides, though the chemicals are effective only in the surface layers of the wood. Existing standards confirm that there is no effective chemical for exterminating woodworms. According to the guidelines, if some section of wood is affected by mold or bark beetle, such a wood part should be cut out and then burned
, while a new metal prosthesis should be inserted in the place of the cut-out one.
Gas disinfestation is a rather time-consuming and costly procedure that requires thorough and painstaking preparation as well as protection of the workers involved. By the way, this procedure can be carried out only at the appropriate ambient temperature, which means that gas disinfection cannot occur in winter, during the off-season, and simply in poorly heated houses. Once again, it does not give 100% results.
It should be stressed that such chemicals are extremely toxic
to humans and warm-blooded animals.