Wood borers can cause serious damage to wood furniture and structures. To prevent wood borers, one must first inspect the wood for signs of activity such as small holes, sawdust or frass (a fine powdery substance). If any of these signs are present, it is important to treat the affected area with an insecticide spray designed specifically for wood borers. It is also important to keep wooden items away from areas that are prone to moisture buildup such as bathrooms and basements in order to reduce the likelihood of borer infestations. Additionally, if possible, seal all cracks in walls and floors where borer beetles may be able to enter. Lastly, it is essential to store firewood outside at least 20 feet away from your home so that larvae do not have a chance to hatch inside your house.
How to Get Rid of Borer and Protect Wood from Borer Damage
- Inspect any new logs or trees that are brought onto a property for signs of wood borers
- Look for small holes in the bark and sawdust accumulations on the ground below, as these can be indications of an infestation
- Seal all cracks and crevices in wooden structures with caulk to prevent access by wood borers looking for entry points into your home
- Treat newly purchased lumber with a borate-based insecticide before installing it to protect from wood borer larvae already present in the timber materials
- Be sure to follow product instructions carefully when applying insecticides, as misuse can harm people and pets living within the home environment
- 4 Prune tree branches away from house walls so there is no direct contact between them; this will limit potential pathways for wood borers to enter a structure through windows, rooflines, etc
- , which are more susceptible than other parts of the building envelope due to their greater exposure areas against pests like termites and carpenter ants
- 5 Regularly check outdoor furniture such as patio chairs and tables made out of wooden material during summer months when activity is highest among these insects; if damage is found then replace those items promptly before further infestations occur inside your home environment or backyard area where they could spread even further across nearby properties too!