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Damage in bamboo slat fencing caused by the bamboo powderpost beetle. Picture: DPIRD

Bamboo pest found in fencing

RESIDENTS who have bamboo slat fencing bought from outlets in Malaga need to check for damage following the detection of the pest, bamboo powderpost beetle.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said the beetle was identified after a Perth resident reported an infestation in a bamboo screen fence to the department’s pest and disease information service.

Department senior technical officer Marc Widmer said bamboo powderpost beetle was a borer which could attack raw bamboo products such as fencing. 

“The department has been working with retail supplier Stratco to recover and fumigate at-risk product, but we are also keen to alert residents to ensure they are aware of this potential risk to their fences and ask them to report any unusual signs,’’ he said.

Mr Widmer said key signs of the pest included holes in the timber and a fine, flour-like powder, which were created as a result of larvae burrowing through timber.

“We encourage people who have bought bamboo screens over the past year to check for any unusual signs of damage and to report it to the department.

“Infested screens may also have small brown beetles 3-4mm in length inside the holes, or dead at the bottom of the screens.” 

The pest is found in some other parts of Australia and overseas. 

It is not established in Western Australia and is a prohibited pest.

Residents who suspect they have seen bamboo powderpost beetle or unusual damage to their bamboo fence should contact the department’s pest and disease information service on 9368 3080 or email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au

Alternatively photos can be uploaded via the department’s MyPestGuide Reporter app.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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