European house borer

European house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus linnaeus, is a destructive beetle that causes major damage to untreated coniferous timer.

Report any suspected cases of European house borer (EHB) immediately to the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

Timbers commonly used in Australia for structural and joinery purposes are susceptible to damage by EHB, including:

  • radiata pine
  • southern pine
  • Douglas fir
  • hoop pine
  • bunya pine.

Damage is caused by EHB larvae that feed on the timber, creating tunnels that are difficult to detect. It can cause major structural damage to buildings.

The European house borer can infest susceptible:

  • timber in any untreated form
  • dead trees, logs and branches
  • dead wood within living trees.

Chemically treated timber is much less susceptible to damage.

For detailed information about this insect download the European house borer fact sheet (PDF 318.8 KB).

Adult European house borer beetle
Adult European house borer beetle
European House Borer beetle exit hole in tree
European House Borer beetle exit hole in tree
European House Borer beetle larvae
European House Borer beetle larvae

Moving pine timber from Western Australia to South Australia

The European house borer is prevalent in Western Australia.

The movement of pine timber from Western Australia to South Australia is prohibited unless it complies with Condition 4 of the Plant Quarantine Standard.

See Condition 4 of the South Australian Plant Quarantine Standard (PQS).

Report suspected cases

Report any suspected cases of European house borer (EHB) immediately by either:

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Page Last Reviewed: 11 Sep 2017
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