The wood-boring pest

When you noticed a sprinkling of something that looked like sawdust on the floor by the door or in your wooden cupboards and cabinets and its drawers and discovered a few tiny round holes in the wood frame, your mind went to the obvious place: termites. Or maybe it could be carpenter ants?


While termites and carpenter ants are the wood pests that homeowners typically hear the most about, they’re not the only ones out there. One of the biggest dangers to the wood in the home comes from a bug you’d probably never guess: the wood-boring beetle.

A beetle?

That’s right.

Wood borers are tiny beetles whose larvae feed extensively on the wood. The wood worms make tiny pin size holes on the surface of wooden furniture or surface while emerging. Those tiny holes which you see on wood surface are actually the exit -holes where the adult wood borer has left.

These beetles are known for boring small holes in wood both in inside and outside environments. They can be difficult to detect as they bore through the inside of a wooden window and door frames, hardwood floors, and even wooden furniture.

They are also referred to as ‘Powderpost beetles’ since they reduce wood to a flour-like powder.

Recent news reported is:

Demolition of Church Street historic home raises concerns

By Sean Flynn

NEWPORT — The demolition of the historic home at 46 Church St., built in 1779, is receiving a lot of public comment on a local website, much of it negative, but the project went through a public process involving the city’s Historic District Commission, the historic preservation planner and building officials for more than two years.

Sean Napolitano, the owner of A-1 Roofing and Construction on Bliss Road, bought the property in June 2016 with the intent of restoring it under the city’s historic preservation standards and received partial demolition permits.

As work was done on the building since then, major problems kept coming up. For example, the workers discovered the beams under the first floor, as well as the sheathing of the home, was severely damaged by powderpost beetles and water infiltration.

Domestic Sea Trade Aids Wood-Boring Beetles’ Range Expansion

 ENTOMOLOGY TODAY;  January 11, 2018  

A study by entomologists in Italy found that the abundance of bark- and wood-boring beetles such as Spondylis buprestoides outside their native range but still within the same country is closely correlated with levels of trade at nearby sea ports, suggesting domestic sea transportation plays a role in insects’ intra-country range expansion. (Photo credit: Gyorgy Csoka, Hungary Forest Research Institute,

By Andrew Porterfield

Bark- and wood-boring insects rank among the top destroyers of trees and shrubs. One tactic that pest control officials have used to fend off these insects is to halt their entrance to a country at international ports. Recently, however, native species of wood-boring beetles have expanded their range within their normal biogeographic regions, leaving questions about how they got there and how to deal with the damage in their wake.

A group of Italian researchers led by entomologist Davide Rassati at the University of Padua found that two types of beetles, in the families Cerambycidae and Scolytinae, could travel within a single country thanks to stowing away on ships between ports, and they can easily travel from local forests to a port and be exported to anywhere outbound ships are traveling. Their research was published in December in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Wood-boring beetles are difficult to control once an infestation has begun. Therefore, prevention is the best management method. Post infestation, fumigation is carried out but for fumigation to be effective, your whole house would need to be tented and infused with sulfuryl fluoride, or you would need to take the shelves to a company that has a fumigation vault.

Why opt for tedious and harmful methods when you can have some easy solution available?

The unique product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an anti-insect aversive which repels insects. This product can be an ideal solution against the damages caused by the woodborer insect.

Termirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellency. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application.

The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

TermirepelTM wood polish additive can be mixed with the wood polish and applied on the wooden surfaces, furniture, bookshelves, wardrobes, etc.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the interior and exterior of the buildings and structures to keep the wood borers away from these places.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with the surfaces wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc. The lacquer can be applied on the cupboards, shelves, wardrobes, installed wires, and cables, etc. thus protecting it from damage. The product is also effective against other pests thus protecting the trees from other pest attacks.

TermirepelTM is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into polymeric applications like polymeric wires and cables, pipes, etc.

TermirepelTM insect repellent spray can be sprayed on the infested area to repel the pests.

Termirepel™ is thermally stable and does not degrade on exposure to heat and sunlight. It does not kill or harm the insect but repels them. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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