What can I do?
Prevention and eradication of European House Borer (EHB) can be improved with your
help. You can protect your property and help contain EHB by following the steps
Things to do:
- Look out for evidence of EHB
- Remove and destroy dead limbs from pine trees
- Remove any dead pine trees (chip or dispose of at local tip or waste transfer station)
- Use up any stored pine firewood before summer
- Dispose of all untreated waste pine material including left over pine firewood at the local tip
- Separate untreated waste pine materials for verge side collection
- Store any wanted untreated pine materials inside, within a shed or wrapped in plastic – this will prevent EHB beetles landing and laying eggs
- Follow the Department of Housing and Works’ building notes when building or renovating in affected areas and use treated pine or other non-susceptible materials as a precautionary measure against EHB and other timber pests
- If you have an untreated pine roof, have it inspected on a regular basis by a registered pest controller
- Check all untreated pine furniture for signs of EHB
- Report any signs of EHB activity to the Freecall Hotline 1800 084 881
Things not to do:
- Do not collect any untreated pine materials from verge side collections or waste disposal sites including logs, milled timber, pallets or furniture that may be constructed of untreated pine
- Do not collect and store pine logs/timber for future firewood or other supplies
- Do not remove untreated pine from Restricted Movement Zones
- Do not collect any untreated pine material (including logs, milled timber, pallets or furniture) from verge side collections or waste disposal sites.
It is important that untreated pine in all forms is not moved from its origin – do not take untreated pine home to store as firewood or for any other use as you may unknowingly be transporting EHB to your property and spreading this pest to new
For information on treatment options for EHB, visit the Department of Consumer Protection website.
Keep visiting our website for updates and announcements. If you suspect EHB activity, contact the Freecall Hotline on 1800 084 881 immediately.
EHB is a declared pest under the Agriculture and Related Resources Protection Act. This means whenever EHB is found, it must be reported to the Department of Agriculture and Food. Please call the Freecall Hotline on 1800 084 881 if you find signs of EHB.