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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

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

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