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Wellington Borer Control Treatments

Contrac2Kill will prevent structural damage to your property with their fast and effective pest management services.

Specialist treatments: Borer control is a specialised field and as such, requires professional treatments for long term solutions. In nearly all instances, a comprehensive inspection is required to ascertain infestation levels and damage. This will allow us to leave you with a detailed report and service recommendations. Contrac2kill has specialist knowledge and experience in a wide range of borer treatment methods that can be applied to help stop these pests from damaging your home.

Borer infestations:Borers damage furniture, structural timber and wood finishing in, and around homes. There are several species in New Zealand but we are mainly concerned with the common house and two-toothed longhorn borers in Wellington. The easiest way to identify which one is infesting your home is to look at the flight or exit holes: the common borer leaves a small round hole a couple of millimetres wide, whereas the Two-toothed species will leave an oval hole of up to 5mm wide.

Infestation by common borers generally tends to cease before causing significant structural damage. This is because they almost exclusively attack only the sapwood in the timber and most structures are constructed from sufficient heartwood to avoid serious weakening.

Two-toothed infestations are far more serious, as they attack heartwood as well as sapwood. Damage is usually severe and timber will often have to be replaced. Structural failure sometimes occurs before their presence becomes evident.

Seasonal changes: Adult borer beetles are airborne for about a month between late October and March. They do not eat or cause damage during this period - their only purpose is to mate and reproduce. Females lay up to 100 eggs on bare timber surfaces or in old nesting holes. The eggs take 4-5 weeks to hatch and the larvae will then bore back into the wood. Common borers can stay active in timber for up to 4 years, whereas the Two-Toothed species may remain for up to 11 years. They then pupate before leaving the wood, where the life cycle starts again.

Where They Live: Borers prefer seasoned or moist, untreated timber. They are often found on the south side of buildings or in floorboards, as these areas are prone to dampness. They are also fond of soft or untreated wood, and are often found in older Wellington homes. It is not uncommon to have borers attack some boards and not others. Two-tooth borers will also attack living trees and can therefore, be found in bush-clad areas. Contrary to popular belief, they do not just infest old homes or villas. We have provided many borer treatments in homes built after 1980.

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Want to find out more about our pest control services in Wellington? Call us today on 04 977 0621.

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