How to restore a piece of furniture affected by termites When termites attack the wood must intervene as soon as possible to avoid that, over time, the furniture can be damaged beyond repair. The termites are wood-eating insects, that feed on the substances contained in the pulp of wood so that when a mobile is attacked by woodworm is good to counteract immediately the presence keeping in mind the strategies if you want to prevent your furniture may be damaged beyond repair. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that the battles against the worms are almost never absolutely final . Although, at first glance, the worms may seem eradicated, after some time, even months or years, you may have to re-submit the furniture to further treatments. The worms The larvae feed on the worms feeding on wood fibers is the furniture that the logs or the woodraw. Preference goes to wood dry nor too old nor too young, that allow greater ease of excavation.Almost all types of wood may be infected, only the pine seems to be immune to attack by these insects. The species of termites are many existing and differ in size and time organic. On average, during the complete development of a size between a few millimeters and centimeters. worms live inside the wood-state larvae for periods ranging from a few months to a few years and then flicker, mate and go to lay eggs initiating a new vital cycle. After hatching the larvae begin to diggalleries within the wood coming, in some cases, also close to the surface causing, sometimes, lightchipping of the paint of the furniture affected. The presence of these insects is indicated by the characteristic piles of dust that can be found on the furniture or in the vicinity as well as the typicalnoise emitted during the excavation. When the worms reach maturity, sex, dig the holes out which are the most obvious sign of that the cabinet has been attacked and that now the work ofdamaged wood is already in place. holes from the edges net color light indicates that the worms are just out of the wood and probably other insects are still acting inside. Holes as dark edgesfrayed , however, and partially closed by wax and dust indicate that, at these points, the cabinet has already been abandoned by termites. The woodworm treatment If the cabinet holes are dark sign, then, of a past activity of worms, you can close them directly with the stucco wax solid color as close as possible to that of the wood that you are going to repair. If the damage would have manifested in parts Structural of the mobile type feet of tables or chairs, in order to strengthen the structure, it is possible to practice, in the holes, injections of glue slightly diluted with water to make it penetrate more deeply. In more severe cases the applications adhesive may be repeated several times before closing the holes with putty, as the injected glue drying before you go. Conversely, if the worms are still haunting the furniture on which you want to operate, you should proceed to a first treatment with a liquid antitarlo of those commercially available. Before proceeding to the intervention, the timber must be cleaned thoroughly eliminating the presence of any dirt that would hinder direct contact with the liquid. The substance is first applied to brush on the entire surface of the wood, especially on areas without coating, where it is more porous . Subsequently beinjected , with a common syringe, in every single hole. It 'good that the needle penetrates as far as possible into the hole so as to bring the liquid woodworm more in depth into the wood poisoning, so the inner fibers of the deeper layers. If the battery fluid should leak , just wipe with a cloth and wait a moment the poison flows into the hole before starting again. The mobile whole or parts of which it is composed, if it can be disassembled, go in closed containers sealed , even plastic bags thick can fit within which you can also enter the trays containing the same liquid woodworm orcamphor to saturate the environment of toxic substances. The cabinet should be maintained in this condition for at least a couple of weeks , obviously in environments properly ventilated and not exposed to the weather , after which it can be released and allowed to air until the odor of the poison will be completely gone. During the ' summer is necessary to consider whether the release of new worms, since the poisoning of wood is ineffective on eggs that may be present in the timber at the time of treatment. If such an event occurs, treatment should be repeated up to two or three times per year, preferably starting from ' autumn . If, however, the worms do not come back, you can move on to the second phase of the intervention with the application of stucco and, where necessary, the glue to eliminate the holes left. It 'important to remember that, while not particularly substances toxic ones used to counter the presence of termites, you should always handle them with some care and do not let them in areas easily accessible , especially to children. Advanced treatments In some cases you may need the intervention of an expert . For example, if it comes to items of particular value when the economic and artistic or cabinet structure is significantly compromised by insects. There are several systems on the market to combat the worms, in any case, the fight is always long and ' elimination final of these insects is often difficult to obtain. One of the surest ways and provides the definitive exposition of mobile toxic fumes that permeate the wood and poison both insects larvae, and ensure that other insects can not thrive. Other companies, however, offer exposure to harmful substances in suitable Mobile gas chambers or depression .These treatments, however, are expensive and are only justified for fine furniture or of historical interest.
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