Auger Beetle

Auger Beetle Details 

  • A fine powdery frass will accompany an active infestation - perfectly round holes will appear as the adult bores in or out
  • Emergence will occur as the timber dries out and is often within 12 months of timber going into service
  • Minor damage is not a cause for concern and emergence holes can be filled and refinished
  • Cylindrical, thickset 3 - 20 mm
  • Cowl shaped prothorax
  • In some species rear end sharply truncated sometimes with spines
  • Antennae with a 3 segmented club
  • Heavily infested timber with a large proportion of sapwood can be severely damaged as larval activity will reduce it to powder; such timber should be replaced if possible
  • All damaged timber in exposed situations, such as decks, should be replaced as the sapwood will rapidly decay
  • Occasionally the cylindrical auger beetle may bore into CCA treated hardwood poles
  • The moisture attracts the beetles and the CCA treatment may not kill the adults as they are excavating egg chambers, not feeding
  • If larvae hatch and feed on the treated sapwood they will die and as the pole dries out the adults will lose interest 

Auger Beetle

Auger Beetle - Heterobostrychus aequalis