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Wood borer control

Termites are not generally common in New Zealand. Almost all termites found in New Zealand are the New Zealand Drywood Termite (Kalotermes brouni), if you have noticed signs of a wood boring insect, chances are a borer is the culprit.

The term ‘wood borer’ covers many types of wood boring beetles, some with wonderful names like Auger, Jewel, Stag and Pinhole Borers. But whatever the name, you wouldn't want them around. Left untreated, wood borers have the potential to develop into serious infestations, damaging structures and furniture.

We’ve been providing wood borer control for over 50 years. Our experts recognise the different species of wood borer, have knowledge of the habits and life cycle of borers and offer targeted treatment to resolve the problem quickly – and for good.

Wood borer survey

Our experienced surveyors are based across the country and are ready to carry out a thorough inspection to assess the extent of any problem and the type of wood borer involved.  They will also determine if the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need replacing. Based on this detailed evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate wood borer treatment.

Residual flood spray treatment

Sprayed or brushed directly onto bare timber. The residual flood spray treatment is absorbed into the timber, cracks, crevices and flight holes to control existing borers and kill eggs,  preventing any future infestations becoming established.

Pressure injecting method

Painted or varnished timber requires pressure injection. Each existing borer flight  hole is injected with a residual pyrethroid insecticide, killing the existing borer and eggs. 

 

Termites vs Wood borers: What’s the difference?

Although termites and borers both cause damage to structural timber and wood structures in homes, they are quite different insects. The local New Zealand Drywood Termites (Kalotermes brouni) are generally found in dead trees, rotting logs and structural timbers with a high moisture content - this generally occurs in houses that have poor ventilation or dampness problems. Significant damage can occur, but this is rare.

 

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All Rentokil technicians are highly qualified and trained to industry standards. Our local teams offer a wide range of global innovations and borer control solutions for the most effective outcome.

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WHERE DOES THIS GO?

How much does borer control cost?

To answer all the above questions, Rentokil will need to visit your property to inspect for borer. Following this, the below factors will determine the most suitable borer treatment and its associated costs.

Type of borer

The most common types of borer are the two-toothed longhorn borer and the common house borer. They have very different habitat requirements and will infest properties in unique ways. Treatment will vary depending on which borer species is identified

Size of premises

The square footage of your property and premises will have a direct impact on the type of wood borer treatment used and the number of follow-up treatments required.

The severity of borer infestation

Our professional, experienced surveyors will carry out a thorough inspection to assess the extent of any problem and the type of wood borer involved. They will also determine if the infestation is active, check for associated problems such as wood rot or damp and if any timbers need replacing. Based on this detailed evaluation they will then recommend any appropriate wood borer treatment.

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How to identify signs of borer

You may not realise that you have a wood borer problem until the resulting damage becomes visible, so early identification is key before they cause more harm.