Damage caused by larvae of the Queensland pine beetle.
The Queensland pine beetle is a small native beetle and a pest of hoop pine timbers.
There are about 1100 species of anobiid beetles (Family Anobiidae) world-wide, but only about 200 of these occur in Australia. In Queensland, four species of anobiid may be found in or around buildings. The Queensland pine beetle and the common furniture beetle, a native of Europe, are of economic significance, while the pine bark anobiid and the cigarette beetle are of minor importance.
Changes to building practices have decreased the risk of attack to timber-in-service and reports of damage have become less frequent.
|Life cycle and habits|
|Damage to timber|
|Management - prevention|
Prevention is less expensive than curative methods. Damage is prevented in several ways:
Relevant measures are implemented during building construction as a requirement of the Queensland Variation of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) - Qld B1.3 (f) (iv). Consult a professional pest control agency for information about managing a suspected Queensland pine beetle infestation.