EHB & Industry
What is being done to find EHB?
Ongoing surverys are currently underway to determine the spread of the pest, which is so far confined to the Perth metropolitan area. This includes a survey of all dead pine trees found on properties in the area where the borer has been found.
What is being done to educate builders?
An awareness campaign is being implemented. This includes educating industry and helping them to recognise the pest. Local communities, the timber industry and pest controllers are being kept informed.
A building note has been developed by the Department of Housing and Works advising local authorities and builders about the pest and precautions that can be taken in construction.
Will the housing code be changed?
If the pest is found to be established in WA, amendments to the regulations governing the use of untreated pine will be reviewed.
Is training available on how to spot the pest?
Pest controllers can undertake training in how to detect EHB through TAFE in Western Australia. Accredited pest controllers can be found on the Department of Commerce website.
Are there restrictions on the movement of pine?
Movement restrictions were introduced in February 2006. For full details visit the Regulations section here.
What has been done elsewhere to prevent the pest?
In countries where EHB is established, there has been a shift to the use of treated pine in construction.
Where can I find out more?
See Fact sheets for more information or contact us on 1800 084 881.