Differences Between Termite, Moth and Woodworm

When we order drawers for wardrobes, one of the things we look for is for them to last us as long as possible. To do this, in addition to not overloading them and using suitable products for cleaning, we must be alert to three invaders that can do a lot of damage to the wood: termite, moth and woodworm.

The first thing to keep in mind is that termites are the most dangerous and also the most difficult to detect. It is important to have companies specialized in pest control as soon as we detect something weird so that the thing does not go over and completely eliminate both the insects and their larvae or eggs. Anyway, do not worry too much about your cupboard drawers because termites do not usually attack furniture. On the contrary, they are housed in the structures of buildings, specifically in columns, beams or roof. They live in termite mounds and feed on wood pulp. To detect their presence and distinguish them from other insects, we must be clear about what they are like, recognize their appearance. The fact that they are also called white ants gives us an important clue. They use their droppings to dig tunnels to leave the hollow wood inside. That is why we say that they are difficult to detect, because they leave the exterior of the structures untouched and they are cemented with the interior.

We went to the woodworm. It is similar to a worm and dark brown or black. It leaves its eggs in the cracks of the wood and is capable of reproducing in the same place for a long time. The noise that it emits is only noticeable to the most acute ears. If they comply with the surface of the furniture they can end up sinking it. That moment will not be another and we will notice his presence. The question is to get ahead and eliminate the plague in time. It is important not to confuse an attack of termites with one of woodworms because the treatment to eliminate them, although similar, is not the same. As we say, termites do not usually emit sound. The woodworms are of a somewhat larger size and can emit sounds that are easily heard. There are also differences between the two in relation to the signals that we are going to detect in wood. In the case of woodworms we will discover exit holes. They also use them to excrete their excrements abroad.


On the other hand, subterranean termites do not make exit holes. In contrast, the behavior of dry or aerial termites is somewhat different. They also make holes to excrete their droppings in the form of very small balls. To detect them, let us think that the appearance of the excrements of termites is similar to that of a grain of sand. We finish with the moths, small flying insects that leave their larvae inside the wood. Gradually they are making galleries and leaving a grainy powder behind them. They are more frequent in antique furniture.

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