Borers (common house) are pests of major economic importance in Australia. With Australian houses getting older the damage to timber accumulates and with these attacks the timber becomes progressively weaker. It is not uncommon for weather boards, floorboards, joists and other structural timbers to need replacing due to weakness caused by borer. The borer larvae create holes and labyrinths which allows water to penetrate many timbers and increases rot by fungi.
Borer larvae (woodworm), spend after 2 – 4 years tunneling inside the wood and will then exit as the adult beetle via a round hole 1 – 2mm in diameter. The now adult borer emerge in order to breed, will not eat any more timber and will die within 3 – 4 weeks.
A professional inspection of the affected area is necessary to determine the treatment process.