European house borer regulations

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In accordance with the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection (European House Borer) Regulations 2006, the following restrictions must be adhered to:


Bringing untreated pinewood into RMZ

Movement is not generally restricted. However, a person may be issued a written notice prohibiting pinewood movement into the RMZ if an authorised person believes the presence of the pinewood in the RMZ will increase the risk of EHB spread.

Removing pinewood from RMZ

Untreated seasoned pinewood that has been in a RMZ for 72 hours or more must not be removed from that RMZ unless:

  • the pinewood is chipped into pieces of less than 100 cm³ (100 cm³ is equivalent to the following dimensions: 1 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, 5 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm, 2 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm.)
  • the pinewood has been stored in a suitable building or enclosure or has been fully enclosed in plastic wrapping or other authorised material to prevent exposure to EHB
  • the pinewood has been treated with a preservative insecticide in accordance with the relevant standards
  • the pinewood has been chemically fumigated or heat treated in accordance with the regulations
  • written authorisation has been given by an authorised person
  • seasoned pinewood is pinewood with a moisture content of 20% or less when tested in accordance with the Australian Standard.

Unseasoned pinewood must not be removed from a RMZ during the control period (beginning 1st September in any year and ending 30th April in the next year) unless the movement is authorised by an authorised person.


The EHB regulations detail the manner in which untreated pinewood must be treated, stored and disposed of.

Contact information

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