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The 300-year-old White Barn was an interesting project for us. The initial inspection was requested by the owner and coincided with works being carried out to remove and replace the old quarry tiles on the roof.

The survey was conducted from the ground up, revealing evidence of infestation from three species of beetle:

  • Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium Punctatum)
  • Powder Post Beetle (Lyctus Brunneus)
  • Waney Edge Beetle, or ‘Bark Borer’ (Emobius Mollis)

Powder Post Beetle – Lyctus Brunneus

Waney Edge Beetle (Bark Borer) – Emobius Mollis

Common Furniture Beetle –
Anobium Punctatum

Insect attacks had affected nearly all of the structural timbers within the barn, also spreading to window frames. The majority of woodworm activity was dormant but several high-level areas produced evidence of live pests – this was ascertained when loose, light coloured frass (dust) was released from the timbers by a gentle tap.

The property also had an adjoining barn area which had been converted for habitable use some years ago. Whilst at the site, our team inspected this area too and found it to be free from active woodworm. Obviously, the treatment carried out to that area had been a success.

The treatment required within the infected barn was discussed with the owner and was scheduled to commence at a weekend when his own builders and roofers were offsite. The chemicals used in this treatment have a very low toxicity and permit a 1-hour re-entry. When added to the 5 hours of application effort, it was agreed that the work should be carried out on a Saturday to cause the least amount of disruption to the customer’s building works.

The eradication of the woodworm infestation was tackled with the use of a spray. We also used a paint-on treatment to provide additional antifungal protection against possible future attack from either dry or wet rot. Given the scale of the attack, in this particular instance, the work was performed when all roof tiles and other obstructions were removed in order to maximise penetration of the spray.

  • Step 1 – The water tank and adjoining small kitchen area were protected with polyethene sheeting prior to the commencement of chemical spraying
  • Step 2 – All timbers were exposed by the client’s own builder and were then sprayed from above and below to ensure all surfaces were treated. Corner and wall joints were also targeted to provide a comprehensive result
  • Step 3 – The infested timbers were treated with Tribor Plus, a gel often referred to as ‘mayonnaise’ in the trade. This material is deeper penetrating and complements the spray treatment, containing antifungal agents to help protect against future attacks from both dry and wet rot
  • Step 4 – The protective sheeting was removed from the water tank and kitchen area once the airborne chemicals had dissipated

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