Wood Infesting Beetles: Defending Against Old House Borers
Wood infesting beetles like old house borers can be found all across the country. They can cause extensive damage to structural wood and are second only to termites. These wood infesting beetles can also be quite difficult to control once an infestation has begun in the home. For this reason, prevention is key for defending against old house borers.
Signs of Old House Borers
Some signs that may point to an old house borer infestation in the home include exit holes or small round holes that look unnatural in otherwise healthy wood, clicking sounds, and the presence of a powdery sawdust-like substance on the floor where the beetles have left the wood.
Old house borers prefer moisture-rich environments. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated or the roof of the home is leaking, then you may find an infestation in these areas.
Preventing an Infestation
To prevent an infestation, make sure you kiln all your rough-cut lumber, vent damp areas, sand and varnish new wood so that there are no cracks and crevices for the beetles, and use a borate surface spray on unfinished wood as an effective old house borer treatment.
Along with following this advice, you should also have the professionals come out and assess your property. They can offer advice on other things you can do in and around the home to prevent future infestations while recommending the best old house borer treatment for your situation.
Old House Borer Treatment
When finding the right old house borer treatment for your home, you need to make sure that what you choose will penetrate deep enough so that it can effectively kill all of the beetle larvae; otherwise, you may experience a reinfestation for up to three to five years.
If you have a severe infestation, it is recommended that you fumigate the structure. Once this is done, a surface treatment should then be used to prevent reinfestation. The lumber, furniture, and the structure of the home itself should also all be treated in the same manner.
If you have more of a limited infestation in the home, you may be able to control the problem by applying insecticides to the wood’s surface. This should kill the larvae that are feeding closer to the surface of the wood.