Forest insect pests of Papua New Guinea. 2. Pin-hole borers (shot hole borers) attacks on logs, lumber and living trees.
The biology of and damage caused by pin-hole borers of the families Platypodidae and Scolytidae, particularly Crossotarsus biconcavus, Xyleborus barbatus, X. perforans and Platypus jansoni, which are pests of living trees and logs, are described. The economic importance of these species is discussed. Recommended control measures include the immediate removal of logs to the sawmill, spraying with 0.5% Gamaphex (lindane), seasoning timber immediately after cutting and limited removal of weeds.