Signs of a Woodborer Infestation and what you can do about it

Posted on: October 30, 2023, in Blog

Woodborers are destructive insects with a strong affinity for infesting various types of wood, including antiques and buildings. They are commonly found in human habitats, particularly in coastal regions where they tend to breed more frequently.ย 

Common borer and other wood-boring insects pose a significant threat to timber in buildings. The larvae of borer beetles, often called woodworm in various regions, create intricate tunnels within wood for 2-4 years before emerging as adult beetles. Over time, affected wood weakens, and exit holes allow water to penetrate, potentially leading to more borer attacks and wood rot.

Woodborers are known to swarm at dusk or night, attracted to light sources. They can enter living and working spaces from spring through autumn, shedding their wings near infested areas. At dusk and night, do not keep lights on in front of open windows, as this will attract the wood borer swarms. Should you see them flying inside your home, spray them immediately with an insecticide.

How to spot a woodborer infestation

Spotting a woodborer infestation can be crucial in preventing significant damage to wooden structures. Look for small, round exit holes (typically 1-2 mm in diameter) on the surface of the wood. These holes are often surrounded by fine wood dust or frass. Additionally, pay attention to any signs of weakened or crumbling wood, especially if it appears honeycombed or has a powdery texture. If you notice adult beetles emerging from the wood or find their discarded wings nearby, it’s a clear indication of an infestation. Regular inspections, especially in areas prone to woodborer activity, can help you detect and address the issue early, minimizing potential damage.

What can I do if I have a woodborer infestation?

Service Master offers a range of effective Wood Borer control methods, including Tented Fumigation, ThermaTreat, and Palliative Spot Treatment. By utilizing our services, you can ensure comprehensive woodborer control, strengthening your structure.

To safeguard your property, call Service Master to have a qualified pest control technician conduct an annual assessment, especially in areas prone to wood borer infestati

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