In order to protect WA from the potentially devastating effects of EHB, the State Government introduced new legislation on 7 February 2006 called the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006.
The regulations restrict the movement, storage, treatment and disposal of untreated pinewood within EHB affected areas, known as Restricted Movement Zones (RMZs). Penalties of up to $2000 may apply for a breach of the regulations. Assistance from individuals and businesses in complying with these regulations has played a large role in reducing the spread and infestation of EHB.
There has also been one case of timber infestation in Albany, where the infested structural timber had been transported from Perth.
Future success to contain EHB will depend on business and community awareness to prevent infestation and minimise further spread due to human movement of host pine materials.