Updated: May 8, 2022

If you have a firesticks plant, you know how beautiful and unique it is. With its bright red and green foliage, it is a showstopper in any garden. However, firesticks plants are susceptible to pests, including borers. Borers can damage and kill your firesticks plant if left untreated. In this article, we will discuss how to identify, treat, and prevent borers from attacking your firesticks plant.

What are Borers?

Borers are small insects that burrow into the stems of plants. They lay their eggs inside the stems, where the larvae hatch and begin to feed on the plant tissue. This feeding can cause significant damage to the plant, weakening it and making it more susceptible to other pests and diseases.

How to Identify Borers on Firesticks Plant

The first step in treating borers on your firesticks plant is to identify them. Signs of borer infestation include:

  • Small holes in the stems
  • Sawdust-like frass (insect excrement) around the holes
  • Wilting or yellowing leaves
  • Stunted growth or dieback of branches

If you notice any of these signs, it is likely that your firesticks plant has a borer infestation.

How to Treat Borers on Firesticks Plant

Once you have identified borers on your firesticks plant, you need to take action to treat them. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Prune affected areas

The first step is to prune affected areas of the plant. Use clean, sharp pruning shears to cut back the stem until you reach healthy tissue. Dispose of any pruned material away from the plant.

2. Apply insecticide

After pruning, apply an insecticide specifically designed for borers. Follow the instructions carefully and apply it to the affected areas of the plant.

3. Monitor the plant

Monitor the plant for any signs of new infestations. If you notice any, repeat the pruning and insecticide application process.

How to Prevent Borers on Firesticks Plant

Prevention is key when it comes to borers on your firesticks plant. Here are some steps you can take to prevent them from attacking your plant:

  • Keep your firesticks plant healthy by providing it with proper water and nutrients.
  • Avoid damaging the stems of the plant, as this can create entry points for borers.
  • Monitor your plant regularly for signs of infestation.
  • Use insecticides preventively, especially during peak borer season.

By taking these steps, you can help prevent borers from attacking your firesticks plant.


Can I use a general insecticide to treat borers on my firesticks plant?

No, it is best to use an insecticide specifically designed for borers. General insecticides may not be effective against borers and can harm beneficial insects.

When is peak borer season?

Peak borer season varies depending on your location, but it is typically in the summer months.

Will pruning damage my firesticks plant?

Pruning can be beneficial for your firesticks plant, as it removes damaged or diseased tissue and promotes new growth. Just make sure to use clean, sharp pruning shears and dispose of any pruned material away from the plant.

Can I prevent borers on my firesticks plant without using insecticides?

While insecticides are an effective preventative measure, keeping your firesticks plant healthy and monitoring it regularly can also help prevent borers from attacking.