Increase Useful Life of your Wood

Wood is defined as the set of tissues of roots, trunks and branches of woody plants, excluding the bark. Despite its excellent properties, it is not immune to degradation, which is why the concept of natural durability appears as its intrinsic resistance against the attack of destructive organisms.

Therefore, the design of methods that allow "extend the useful life of the wood as much as possible " It arises as a necessity when these organisms appear. He Treatment for Wood before Xylophage Agents becomes then a fundamental part of the conservation of wood, essential discipline to preserve not only our Historical Heritage for example, but any other element or construction of this material for both public and private use.

Treatment for wood in Tenerife

Our Procedures

APINSA is part of the so-called Healing Sector and focuses its activity on protecting against wood-borne biofilms of wood origin in use: structural (the one whose presence is vital for the integrity of the structure such as ceilings and columns), put into work (the one that is fixed but can be removed without risk of collapse such as doors, windows, built-in closets, stairs and floors), furniture (furniture in general) and decorative.

The application techniques are oriented both to the healing of the pathologies detected by the presence of xylophages and to the prevention of potentials.

In APINSA we design specific procedures for each case following the following guidelines:

  • Analysis and identification of the pathology.
  • Selection of the right product.
  • Execution of the treatment
  • Follow up later

The wood of construction when being generally fixed to the work, requires for its curative treatment, a previous study of the same one. Based on the study of the work, the existing pathology, the possibilities of treatment, accessibility and execution costs, the action plan is designed.

It is important to know the most important characteristics of the xylophages to be able to give the best service and treatment.

Each case is particular, but in general lines the following actions can be established:

  • Surface sanitation of the affected wood.
  • Elimination (whenever possible) of the layers of varnishes, paints or any other coating that prevents or reduces the penetration of the protector into the wood.
  • Substitution (if possible) of the elements that, due to their degree of attack, require it.
  • Opening of holes for deep injection at high pressure. Only for parts with semiperimeter equal to or greater than 15 centimeters.
  • Surface impregnation of high penetration capacity protector.


You can detect its presence with the "pellets" (which are small balls in the form of a grain of sand of different shades, depending on the color of the wood) that are discarded by the exit holes that perforate in different points of the colony, forming small mounds easy to locate.

Treatment for Wood

they form large colonies in the land of gardens and under the foundations of the buildings, from where the workers make their way through walls and even open spaces to reach the wood from which they feed.

The appearance of holes in walls and ceilings and channels of progression in surface (small cords of earthy appearance) are indications that betray their presence.

Treatment for Wood

They are insects of larval cycle easily detectable because the parasitized woods come to present an aspect similar to what would remain after receiving the impact of a pellet cartridge, ie, large number of small holes scattered as a result of the departure of adults.

The most frequent are the so-called small woodworms (Aenobium) that leave a circular hole (2 millimeters) and large woodworms or Capricorn of Wood (Hylotrupes) whose exit hole is oval and larger (3 x 6 millimeters).

Treatment for Wood Woodworm
  • molds: They do not consider themselves xylophages.
  • Chromogenic fungi. They are not able to alter the mechanical properties of wood, but their color.
  • Brown or cubic rot. The wood acquires a brownish hue and under low pressure it turns into dust.
  • White or fibrous rot. These fungi process the lignin, leaving at the end an amalgam of whitish cellulose microfibres of appreciable elastic resistance.
  • Soft rot. This type of fungus attacks mainly the cellulose of the secondary wall, in circumstances of very high humidity, giving the whole a soft consistency.
Treatment for wood mushrooms
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