The following are the easiest ways by which you can recognize a borer pest infestation in your house.
Immature borers, while tunnelling, in the wood, produce an audible rasping or ticking sound while chewing. You can hear this noise at night in pin-drop silence.
Woodworm droppings are wood dust build-ups outside the boreholes.
Presence of tunnels
Tunnels are galleries that are hard to see, but when seen carefully can indicate you towards any probable wood borer infestation.
Presence of flight holes
Insects creating their way out create these flight holes that are visible to the naked human eye.
Holes under carpet
Holes under carpet paper floor backing might be because of borers and this indicates you towards the possibility of having borers in your house.
Other Possible Signs of Borer Infestation
Presence of fungus
It is caused by a species of this worm. If any wood-rotting fungus is present on the furniture that enters due to the borer larvae, then it is a clear indication of wood borers in the furniture.
Dampness in the room
If there is dampness in the room or the timber itself, then there can be a possibility of wood borer infestation as these only survive in the damp conditions.
Weak and damaged floorboards
A serious condition arises when a foot or a chair leg going through the floor becomes extensively damaged.
Crumbling of wood
If there is crumbled wood in and around the corners or the edges of roof joists and floorboards, then chances are high that your house is infested with wood borers.
Presence of dead beetles
Dead borers can be easily seen near the infested timber and the window sills as their life cycle get over.
Worms & Larvae
These appear to be white and creamy and are curvy in shape. With these characteristics, they can be easily recognized.
Presence of adult worms in and around the window sides
The worms on maturity attract towards the light and emerge in structures. You can see them in crowds in the window sills.