Our borer bug treatment is so simple to use! Pour into a spray bottle and apply liberally to all affected areas and allow to dry overnight. This treatment will not stain wood. You should spray outside or in a well-ventilated area. Do not apply on carpet or near other furnishings, and wear gloves and a mask!
The common house borer (anobium punctatum) has a 3-year life cycle and attacks only soft or sapwood. This means you should treat affected furniture for three consecutive years to make sure you have killed the whole life cycle.
Treatment should be carried out between October and February, which is when the beetle exits the wood. They come out to breed and then they will die within 3-4 weeks, if you treat at this stage you will kill all the new eggs and larvae.
The Borer Life Cycle
- Egg Larvae 14-28 days
- Larvae Pupae 2-3 years
- Pupae Adult 21-6- days
- Adult Beetle 3-4 weeks
Eggs are always laid in cracks, crevices, and end grain timbers and often into exit holes, never onto sealed, painted, varnished on french polished surfaces.
The Larvae bore directly into the timber through the bottom of the egg sac and will spend the next 2-3 years eating their way around the wood before cutting a hole to exit to the surface. The urge to exit is so great that they have been known to eat through paint, wallpaper, varnish, vinyls, wallboard, plaster, leather even formica and lead sheet!!!