I have a number of Ash boards that I purchased a while back. When I went to
use one, there seems to be worms in the wood. There are small holes on the
edges and trails across the faces of the boards. How can I get rid of these
At least with old chestnut, worm holes are desirable in some uses -
DAGS for "wormy chestnut".
Where are you storing your ash? If the worms are still there, and you
can get one of them intact, I'd take it to your cooperative extension
or a reputable hardwood dealer or something like that to see if they
can identify it. Could be a common local pest, or a dangerous
If your boards are small enough, or once they are rough cut for a
project, you can bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hrs per
inch thickness. Keep a close eye on them and make sure there are no
small pieces that could catch fire.
if the lumber was kiln dried, the worms should no longer be in the
boards. what you are more than likely seeing is tracks from something
people in the log biz call glass worm, a common defect found in white
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