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Wood Borers

Wood Borers

Borers are insects which can negatively affect timber. The larval (grub) stage tunnels through the timber causing damage. The first sign of a borer infestation is small pinholes in the timber, as this is the hole where the adult borer has emerged from the wood. The adult will only live for a short period of time. After mating the female will inject her eggs into the pores of the timber.

Once the female lays her eggs in the pores of the timbers, larvae feed upon starch and other nutrients in the sapwood. Some timbers where the sapwood has insufficient starch, or its pores are too narrow for the female’s ovipositor, should be immune to attack. However, conducive conditions such as high moisture and poor ventilation can open the pores of the timber and allow borer attack.

Borers are known to attack old furniture and structural timbers such as flooring, bearers and joists and roofing timbers.

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