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Learn about Timber borers and
professional pest control methods
borers can be real pests....
A variety of borers will attack a
range of timbers, such as (1) borers
found in living trees or freshly
felled timber (2) in moist timbers,
and (3) borers which attack dry
seasoned wood, such as, timber
flooring, structural and decorative
timbers, and furniture, whereby
steadily increasing intensity of
infestation may occur.
Borers are a major pest species of
certain expensive timbers in a
building. For example, the common
Anobium borer can severely damage
Baltic pine timber flooring and
LIFE-CYCLE: An adult female borer
beetle will lay her eggs within
susceptible timbers. The eggs hatch
into a grub (larvae), which will
feed on the starch content of the
timber. The borer larvae will
readily eat along the timber grain,
creating a network of tunnels.
When the larvae is fully-grown, it
will pupate sometimes over a long
period of time to become an adult
beetle, which exits the timber
through a hole made in the timber
surface. The emerging female adult
will lay her eggs, and the
life-cycle goes on intensifying the
infestation and damage.
IDENTIFICATION: The size of the exit
holes and texture of the dust (frass)
emitted, will enable a pest control
expert to identify the species of
timber borer and therefore it's
potential to cause damage to
borers attack Furniture or Baltic
||Anobium borers, also
called Furniture Beetles or
scientifically Anobium punctatum,
can cause severe damage to Baltic
pine timber flooring, particularly
in older houses with damp flooring
timbers caused by poor sub-floor
ventilation or moisture control.
Anobium borers are also often found
in antique and other furniture of
various timber types, sometimes
years after the furniture has been
acquired. You may first notice the
small exit holes and accompanying
dust emitted from the exit holes in
Control: Anobium borers in Baltic
|(1) in severe cases, the removal
and replacement of all damaged and
infested timber with highly
resistant or chemically treated
timbers or particle board, which can
be a very expensive undertaking.
Improvements in sub-floor
ventilation may also be recommended.
(2) in slight or moderate
infestations, the application of a
registered insecticide to the
underside of the flooring on an
annual basis over a three year
period to cover the life cycle of
the Anobium borer.
We recommend you contact a
professional who has the equipment
and technology to solve the problem.
Control: Anobium borers in Baltic
|It is essential that such
furniture be fumigated in a special
fumigation chamber. The fumigation
gas used will penetrate the timber
and kill all insect life therein.
Most furniture and foodstuffs for
import/export into/out of the
country are fumigated in this way.
The cost of such fumigation is
fairly inexpensive provided a
fumigation chamber is near you, as
the delivery costs are separate and
usually paid for and organized by
the furniture owner.
Borers holes found in living trees,
fresh logs, moist timbers (not in a
building) can be injected with an
insecticide specifically registered
for this purpose. Such products are
available at the larger stores or
garden product shops.
borers - susceptible Hardwood
Governments have enacted a Timber
Marketing Act, which prohibits
timber being sold for use in
buildings if it has more than 25% as
It is the sapwood portion of felled
timber (logs) that is susceptible to
attack and damage by the Lyctus
borer, also called Powder Post
Beetle or Lyctus brunneus.
Therefore, any damage from this
borer to such timbers will be
structurally insignificant. However,
if the timber you purchased has
Lyctus Borer damage it should be
returned to the place of purchase
|Termites are highly effective
timber destroyers. Your home could
have termites without you knowing
it. What makes matters worse, home
insurance does not cover the damage,
which could amount to tens of
thousands of dollars.
RECOMMENDATION: Obtain a
termite inspection documented report
to assess the risk of infestation
and cost of preventative measures.
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