Wood borers come in a variety of sizes ranging from 2-32mm. The most commonly encountered borers are the pin-cushion wood borer and the teak wood borer. Both the adults and larvae are capable of boring through timber, however adults typically infest live trees and the larvae dry timbers.
How serious is a woodborer problem?
If left untreated, wood borers can totally destroy timber; this is particularly problematic in structural support poles. Their life cycle is quite long and so once the problem is noted, generally there is time to remedy the issue before its too late.
What are the signs of a woodborer problem?
Typically borers are noticed because of wood dust ‘drop out’ from overhead timber or small piles of wood dust around a small hole in furniture timber. Small holes in timber are surefire indicators of the presence of wood borers.
What we will do
We would need to inspect the problem at hand and decide the best way to go about treating the timbers. Typically, affected timbers are finished with some kind of polish or varnish which complicates the treatment. The finish on the timbers needs to be sanded off before we can treat them properly as they prevent chemicals from soaking onto the cells of the timber. The removal of the finish is not a service we offer and needs to be organized by you before we can carry out the treatment.