A variety of borers will attack a range of timbers – borers found in living trees or freshly felled timber – in moist timbers – borers which attack dry seasoned wood, such as, timber flooring, structural and decorative timbers, and furniture, whereby steadily increasing intensity of infestation may occur.
Baltic pine floorboards
Commonplace in older homes – Anobium Borers do severe damage to Baltic pine timber flooring – eventually leading to total collapse and need for replacement of all such flooring timbers – prevention early on is much cheaper than replacement in the long term.
An adult female borer beetle lays her eggs in susceptible timbers – the eggs hatch as a grub or larvae to feed on the starch content of the timber – the borer larvae will eat along the timber grain creating a network of tunnels – when the larvae is fully-grown it will pupate over a long period of time to become an adult beetle – the adult exits the timber through a hole made in the timber surface – an emerging female adult repeats the life cycle – further intensifying the infestation and timber damage.
To identify whether you have a problem with Borer give RIP Integrated Pest Management Services a call. We can assess whether you have a problem and can suggest solutions if in fact you do have borer present in your home. It is better to be sure as early intervention may avoid a costly problem later.