Old House Borer

Old House Borer

The name “Old House Borer” is really misleading as this insect is most commonly found in newer homes. This beetle has a life cycle of three to twelve years depending upon environmental and nutritional conditions. The Old house Borer is a beetle that during the larval stage, feeds upon seasoned softwood, such as pine. The larval stage feeds upon the wood and can do extensive damage before it is seen. The Adult emerges from the wood and can lay eggs to continue the life cycle. The adult creates an exit hole that is oval and ¼ to 3/8 of an inch in diameter. If the infestation is very limited the old house borer can be controlled by replacing the infested wood. In most cases, tent fumigation treatment of the structure is required to achieve control.