Summer Dermatitis, Watch Out For Woodworm

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Have microvesicles appeared on your skin surrounded by a strongly itchy erythematous halo? You may have been a victim of the wood Tarlo, Anobium Punctatum, vector of Pyemotes Ventricosus, a parasite mite of insect larvae and responsible for summer dermatitis.

Pyemotes Ventricosus is carried by the anobid, which spreads it throughout the environment. It is a mite invisible to the naked eye due to its very small size (about half a millimeter), having a particular biological behavior: the pregnant female gives birth to already adult individuals in number sometimes exceeding 400; the post-embryonic development takes place entirely inside the pregnant female.

The association between the woodworm and Pyemotes Ventricosus is very close: the latter is in fact considered a parasite of the “woodworm”. The typical hotbeds of infestation are in fact woodworm furniture, tables, chairs, sofas, frames but also firewood that, brought into the houses, can introduce Pyemotes ventricosus in the houses.

While the woodworm of furniture develops at the expense of wood, Pyemotes ventricosus spreads everywhere, but above all it stings people by pouring on beds, sofas, armchairs, frames, blankets and even clothes. Usually it stings the parts of the body that remain covered by clothes: hips, shoulders, legs are the elective places. Just a few examples are enough to create dermatological problems for man. The distribution of the lesions is closely linked to the direct contact of the skin with the infested woody matrix. It is difficult to notice the stings, because Pyemotes ventricosus is very rapid and repeatedly stings the man. Sometimes the effect of the punctures occurs after 12-24 hours, making it impossible to make the connection between the punctures and the place where they occurred.

The most critical period is the typical period of its reproduction: June-July, hence the name of man’s summer dermatitis.

How To Intervene To Resolve The Infestation

The mite has adapted well to living indoors and its versatility leads it to be absolutely indifferent to the thermo-hygrometric conditions of the environment. The best solution to eradicate the problem is the microwave treatment – Eurogreen method, which succeeds in eliminating the wood deterioration agent, but also the mite responsible for dermatitis. The intervention will be complete if coordinated with an environmental treatment aimed also at furnishing accessories where the mite responsible for summer dermatitis can take refuge.

With the debiting treatment the damage to the wooden artifact is stopped and at the same time the optimal conditions are recreated to be able to enjoy one’s own home without fear of the annoying stings of Pyemotes ventricosus.

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