Old House BorerOld house borers are one of the most damaging wood-boring insects. Belonging to the “long-horned beetle family,” they generally lay their eggs in crevices and cracks of logs and wood stored in lumber yards. However, they are often found in newer construction, rather than in older homes. 

It can take several years for their eggs to hatch, but after the larvae hatch, they begin to tunnel through the wood, using it as a food source. An old house borer infestation is often discovered because of the clicking sound the larva makes as they feed. If you find signs of old house borers, contact the professional exterminators at Rid-A-Bug. 

Are Old House Borers Dangerous?

Old house borers aren’t known to spread disease and do not pose direct risks to humans and animals. However, these pests damage the structure of homes that result in expensive repairs. Typically an infestation is only discovered once the larvae are already eating through wood structures

When emerging from a piece of wood, the adults create ¼ of an inch in diameter, which causes even more damage.

Why Do I Have An Old House Borer Problem?

The most common reason for an old house borer infestation is that the timber used in the original construction of your home was infested with eggs or larvae. Old house borers prefer thicker wood, and the infestation tends to stay in localized areas. An infestation only spreads throughout the home if there is a moisture problem and moves towards water-damaged pieces of wood located throughout your home. 

Where Will I Find Old House Borers?

Old house borers lay their eggs in crevices and cracks of logs and wood stored in lumber yards. This wood-boring pest is found in newer construction homes rather than older homes. Larvae develop to adults more rapidly in southern states, and in structures that are heated year-round, and in wood with higher moisture.

Larval development usually takes 5 to 8 years in a new home, but by the time adult beetles emerge, they are literally “old house” borers. Old house borers prefer to infest and feed on pine, spruce, and coniferous wood. Infestations can be found anywhere in a new structure, including walls, attics, basements, or crawl spaces. 

How Do I Get Rid of Old House Borers?

When dealing with old house borers, getting help from a professional pest control expert is always a good idea. The highly-trained technicians at Rid-A-Bug can help you eliminate old house borers and prevent them from returning. 

We have been serving North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia since 1972. For more information on how to effectively control and prevent this, visit our website. If you are looking to eliminate pests of any kind from your property, call Rid-A-Bug today