The bamboo borer infests bamboo used in furniture and ornamentation, baskets, poles, or other structural uses, as well as spices, grains, cacao, flour, or dried fruits. It will continue to re-infest bamboo materials until much of the bamboo is gone. The life cycle from egg to adult completes in less than 2 months, and in interior environments there can be several generations each year. Both adults and larvae will bore into the wood, a characteristic of other members of this family.
Heavily infested materials should be discarded if they are not attached and are not of value, such as wastebaskets or infested foods. Infested wood objects that are of value or non-removable may need fumigation or some alternative treatment that will penetrate to kill larvae and adult insects that are within the wood material.