European house borerEuropean house borer (EHB) is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber, including pine, fir and spruce. It can cause major structural damage to buildings and pine furniture, as well as architraves and frames.

About the pest

The adult female lays eggs into cracks, holes and joints of dead trees, dead branches of living trees and untreated pine timber. The larvae that hatch do the damage by chewing through the wood.


EHB can be spread through the movement of infested host timber and timber products including building materials, packaging, pallets, furniture, ornaments and firewood.

More information

WA Department of Agriculture and Food

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry