Control Wood Borers in your Home

Wood borers can cause serious damage to your home’s structure if left over a long period. Wood borers are attracted to untreated and damp wood. Proper ventilation in your home is the first step in preventing damp timber.

Should the problem become more advanced, you will need to replace the timber.

How to Recognise Wood Borers

There are several different species of borer. The Common House Borer is by far the most common. Signs of borers include small flight holes on the surface of items such as timber and furniture as well as small piles of sawdust.

The various species are different sizes and so the holes can differ in size.

For a definitive diagnosis, it is wise to have professional building inspections conducted. The inspectors have access to specialised tools and also the necessary experience to spot borer attacks.

Preventing Wood Borer Attacks

Wood borers prefer untreated or seasoned timbers that are damp. They are commonly found on the south side of homes because these areas are more likely to be damp. They prefer softer wood so it is possible to find borer in some of the boards and to find others completely untouched.

The type of wood and the way it is treated makes a huge difference to how resistant it is to borers.

Eliminating Wood Borers

Depending on how far the problem is advanced, you may be able to kill the borers without having to replace the wood at all. However, if the wood has been compromised, you will have to replace it or make an attempt to shore it up.

In terms of long-term treatment, the only solution is the application of a properly applied preservative or insecticide. Care must be taken to ensure that the treatment outlasts the borers so that they are all destroyed. This treatment is only effective if applied to bare wood so varnished or painted wood needs to be stripped first.

Airborne treatments are only effective against adult borers, as they will not affect the larvae growing inside the wood itself.

Should you see signs of borers in your weatherboards, there is a good likelihood that the problem is a lot more extensive than initially thought. Wood borers tend to move from the inside to the outside of the wood – once they have eaten right through the board, replacing the board is the only long-term solution.

If the problem is widespread, it is important to get a professional in to treat it – specialists have the requisite experience and safety equipment to allow them to treat the problem effectively once and for all.