Infestation imposes financial, emotional costs

Above: Wood being made into furniture at a workshop. The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority does not impose conditions on wood imports. Australia, however, requires imported wood to have phytosanitary certificates detailing the treatment options given.
The small holes created by the powderpost beetles when they have bored through the wood.PHOTO: JANICE TAN

A bed should be a safe haven but, one morning last June, my husband and I woke up with dozens of bites on our arms and legs.

After some hours trying to hunt down the pest, we discovered to our horror that the wooden plank supporting the mattress on our built-in bed frame was riddled with hundreds of small holes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2018, with the headline 'Infestation imposes financial, emotional costs'. Print Edition | Subscribe