Wood Borer Pest Control in Melbourne
Borer Beetle Alert!
A borer beetle is just the kind of insect you don't want in your home or anywhere near any wood that you value. These pests can be just as bad as termites. As compared to other insects these don't just wreck havoc once they are adults but are even more damaging to the wood while in the larva stage. Because of this reason it is important that you call for professional help in tackling a borer beetle infestation. At Protech Pest Control, we understand the urgency for immediate and effective treatment so as to avoid accidents and loss of valuable items.
Signs of an infestation
True to their name, Borer beetles actually 'bore' holes in the wood and use its porous nature to their advantage. Often you may not even know you are running the threat of an infestation until it is too late. Here are a few things to watch out for:
- Round or oval holes with sharp edges in the wood
- Wood starts to crumble easily
- Development of tunnels in the wood
- Flimsy or damaged wood especially floorboards, roofs, etc.
- Fine dust also known as 'bore dust' caused by adult beetles emerging from the holes.
- Dead beetles lying in or around places with wood around
- Spotting eggs, larva or adult borer beetles
The many life stages of a wood borer
Being a beetle, borer beetles rightfully go through the stages of egg, larva, pupa, and adult that lasts for about 3 years. Adult beetles lay the eggs in tunnels in the wood. Once the eggs hatch into larva they start feeding on the wood and its sap safely hidden in the tunnels, away from being spotted by humans. A borer beetle spends majority of its life span as a larva, which can be for about 2 years! As they grow in size they come closer to the surface and exit from holes in the wood. Once the pupa reaches the adult stage it leaves the tunnel which was its nest and flies out to mate and lay eggs as it only has a few days to live. Although attracted to wood, different species tend to prefer different wood to lay their eggs.
How many different types of wood borer beetles are there?
Known to attack timber, different borer beetles prefer different types of wood and consume it in a different ways. The 3 types of Borer beetles who cause damage are:
- Powder Post Beetle
also known as Lyctid borer, this beetle feeds on the sapwood of certain hardwood timbers. It leaves behind a fine dust that has the texture of talcum powder and can strip the timber of its strength.
- Common Furniture Beetle
also known as Anobium Punctatum, it prefers well-seasoned timber and softwood, which is commonly used to make flooring, furniture and items made from wood. This borer beetle prefers cool and humid conditions.
- House Longhorn Beetle
its scientific name is Hylotrupes Bajulus and it can live anywhere from 3-11 years before emerging as an adult. It tends to attack the wood and chimney area, leaving a blistered appearance. It moves around freely in sunny conditions, enabling it to quickly spread infestations.
How do I treat a wood borer infestation?
It is best advised that you get us to tackle the infestation as we will be able to identify the type of borer beetle and the treatment that needs to be used on them. Amongst the different treatments we offer, we have the option of water-based treatment, which doesn't just minimize the chances of an infestation but also ensures that you, your family and pets aren't exposed to the treatments. We also conduct fumigation which eradicates borer beetles in any life stage. You could also opt for our entotherm heat treatment, which is chemical-free and solves the issue in a single inspection.
With 25+ years of experience in effectively dealing with pests, we are familiar with your needs as well as the expertise and treatments to eradicate the infestation. We keep the wellbeing of your family and pets foremost and ensure your home is restored to being pest-free with minimum disruption.