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Some species of borers can significantly weaken timber and cause structural damage

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Because there are so many variations between the different species, and how they affect different types of timber, experts should always be consulted where wood borers are suspected.

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There are a number of species of wood borers in Australia, loosely divided into two camps – those that prefer dry timber and those that prefer green. The moisture content of the timber is the defining characteristic of each species and the effect their activity has on humans.

Borers that attack living trees or freshly felled timber are generally of little concern to homeowners. If the freshly felled timber is kiln dried, any larvae present will not survive the process. Timber that goes straight to the mill may contain larvae which will continue to feed and emerge as adults.

Lyctid or powder post borers produce a very fine, powdery dust that looks like talcum powder. They are dry timber borers, only attacking timber where the moisture content is below 25%. The adult beetle is dark brown and approximately 2 to 6 mm long.

Anobiid borers produce a gritty dust, a little like salt. Of these, the Queensland pine beetle is the most important. It is a shiny, red-brown beetle about 3 mm long and is rarely found outside of Queensland.

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