European house borer: management strategies

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Recommended guidelines

You can play a role in reducing EHB infestation and spread by adhering to the following:

  • have homes built with untreated structural pinewood annually inspected by an EHB accredited pest controller. Accreditation for borer inspection is approved by the Department of Health
  • do not remove untreated pinewood from a RMZs where the pinewood has been exposed to the environment for 72 hours or more
  • movement restrictions do not apply to pine furniture that has always been kept indoors. Examine and report evidence of borer activity for example adult beetle exit holes
  • do not remove pinewood from local government verge side collections, waste bins and pine plantations
  • dispose of untreated pinewood waste materials in local government verge collection, waste bins, or direct to local refuse facilities. Waste timber includes firewood, off-cuts, disused furniture, and dead tree trunks and branches
  • do not leave stored pinewood  structural and non-structural materials exposed to the environment for more than 72 hours
  • store untreated pinewood you want to keep for 72 hours or more in a suitable insect pest resistant building, enclosure  or keep fully enclosed in plastic wrapping or other suitable material
  • fumigation treatment must be undertaken by a licensed fumigator, usually at an industrial facility. Chemical and heat fumigation treatment provide NIL preservative or residual timber protection
  • chemical preservative treatment provides protection from insect attack according to the manufacturers label directions for application and warranty.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080