Worried about wormy wood — but as it happens, the house is getting fumigated

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Forum topic by srzsrz posted 04-30-2013 10:28 AM 815 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2013 10:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wormy wood pest fumigation

Sometimes, everything goes wrong.

And sometimes, the most unlikely things go right.

A while ago I was at the local Lumber Liquidators to pick out some laminate for the currently carpeted rooms in the house I was buying, and I figured while I was there I would also buy a bundle of cheap, “rustic grade” unfinished oak flooring, just to see whether it was feasible to use that for building some furniture.

When I had another look at these boards, I noticed they were full of worm holes.

Anyhow, they have been sitting in the back of my car for weeks as I procrastinated on the task of hauling them up to my apartment. Procrastination was encouraged by the fact that I was buying a house, and the closer this was coming to being a reality, the less sense it seemed to make to haul more stuff up into my apartment.

And sure enough, after turning over every file I ever kept on anything and sending copies to the mortgage bank, today I finally got the keys to my new house. And while I was there waiting for a contractor to show up, I figured I would unload that lumber from the car (as well the partially completed and awkwardly shaped European steamed beech tabletop I’d been working on) and finally flip the back seat back up.

The hole exercise brought the worm issue back into focus. I decided to look up how people deal with wormy wood, and I found a lot of people saying that you need to be careful the bugs are really dead. I hadn’t even considered the possibility the bugs might still be alive, but this was starting to look like I might have to throw out that wood.

And then I realized that tomorrow, the whole house, including the garage now containing my wormy wood, will be fumigated with Vikane!

How likely was that?

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#1 posted 05-18-2013 01:01 PM

sucks : (

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 09:35 PM

Congrats on the new house! and I would not worry about holes in the wood, unless it is green wood you are drying, or if you notice small piles of dust below each hole (which would mean live bugs)... but lucky on the timing for a fumigation.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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