Frequently asked questions
What if I suspect I have EHB on my property or in my house?
Contact the EHB Response, Freecall 1800 084 881 immediately.
An EHB Response team member will follow up your query. If EHB is detected, one treatment will be required to eradicate the pest and another to prevent reinfestation.
For more information on EHB, a list of affected suburbs and the Regulations affecting pine movement and disposal, visit www.ehb.wa.gov.au.
I think I may have EHB, what should I do?
Call the EHB Response hotline on 1800 084 881.
I am buying a house, should I check for EHB?
EHB inspections can be done by a licensed pest controller in the same way termite inspections are carried out.
Who can do an EHB inspection for me?
EHB inspections should be carried out by a licensed pest controller who has had training in EHB detection. Click here to go to a list of pest controllers who are accredited in the inspection and application of treatments for EHB.
Do I live in an area where EHB has been found?
For information on where EHB has been found, visit the EHB website www.ehb.wa.gov.au.
Is it safe to build with pine?
EHB only attacks untreated seasoned pine, therefore treated pine and other roofing materials are not at risk from EHB. The building advice from the Department of Housing and Works is not to use untreated pine for structural purposes in affected areas. You should seek advice from your builder about the most suitable option for your home, or contact the Department of Housing and Works Building Codes and Regulations Branch on (08) 9440 2349.
I have a pine roof, what should I do?
First have your roof inspected regularly. If borer holes are found, please call the EHB Response on 1800 084 881 and someone will visit your property at no cost to identify whether it is EHB. If EHB is confirmed, there are a range of treatments listed on this site and registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Is EHB a problem if I have or purchase pine furniture?
This could potentially be an issue, particularly if living in a Priority Management Zone, which would mean untreated pine products can not be moved out of the zone without treatment.
For more information visit the EHB website or call 1800 084 881.
Can I treat for EHB?
Yes, treatment methods are detailed on this site.
How much should treatment cost?
Prices vary depending on type of treatment, location and many other factors. You should consult with your builder or pest controller.
Where can I find out more information about EHB?
For more information please go to the EHB website