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Borer Control

Borer Extermination in Wellington, Porirua and Hutt Valley

Ohhh #@&*!!! You don’t need to destroy your house, and with us controlling borer won’t cost you your home. The good news is we have great options to control borer. We coat all exposed timber to kill the existing borer on contact and prevent outside borer sources laying further eggs in the timber. Cosmetic timbers will be coated as needed to the same effect. We’ll leave you with everything you need to reduce further infestations and remain borer free, results guaranteed to deliver on your expectations.

Expect your borer control treatment to remove the existing infestation and protect your home from further infestation for 3-5 years starting from $480 per ceiling or subfloor space.

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Why get rid of Borer?

The larvae of borer can do a lot of damage over time as they eat their way through timber. This may take years but can lead to weakness in the structure of your home. Any untreated timber used in the construction of your house, is at risk. In some cases, major repairs requiring a builder may be needed if borer are left to their own devices.

How to be free of Borer

The treatment of borer needs thorough inspection to identify areas of infestation. We will then apply a saturation treatment to all accessible timber in the areas of infestation killing existing borer and preventing further infestation. For cosmetic interior timbers that are painted or otherwise coated, it can be impossible for chemical treatments to penetrate the timber and get to the larvae. In this instance we apply lasting surface treatments during the adult flight seasons to interrupt their life cycle.

We also provide you with specific information and tips based on our observations to reduce future infestations and maintain the results of the treatment to keep you borer free.

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The value of a borer treatment

Expect your borer control treatment to remove the existing infestation and protect your home from further infestation for 3-5 years starting from $480 per ceiling or subfloor space. All our treatments are guaranteed to deliver to your expectations.

Why not combine your borer control treatment with another pest control treatment to take advantage of our 10% multi-treatment discount.

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Common Borer Control Questions

Borer are harmless to people, however your home is another story.

The larvae of borer can do a lot of damage over time as they eat their way through timber.

This may take years but can lead to weakness in the structure of your home. Any untreated timber used in the construction of your house, is at risk. In some cases, major repairs requiring a builder may be needed if borer are left to their own devices.

Whilst there are several species of borer. Common House Borer accidentally introduced from Europe and the native Two Toothed Longhorn Borer, are the most common found tunnelling into the timber our homes are built with.

Borer is prevalent in al parts of the Wellington region. It is most likely to be found in houses built before the 1970’s, it is always good to check for it’s presence here. Any exposed untreated timbers are fair game for borer, roof cavities, subfloors, and any untreated timber inside your house including furniture can suffer their wrath.

Simply, yes.

Borer pose a big risk to what is likely your largest asset. The larvae of borer can do a lot of damage over time as they eat their way through timber. This may take years but can lead to weakness in the structure of your home. Any untreated timber used in the construction of your house, is at risk. In some cases, major repairs requiring a builder may be needed if borer are left to their own devices.

The treatment of borer needs thorough inspection to identify areas of infestation. We will then apply a saturation treatment to all accessible timber in the areas of infestation killing existing borer and preventing further infestation.

For cosmetic interior timbers that are painted or otherwise coated, it can be impossible for chemical treatments to penetrate the timber and get to the larvae. In this instance we apply lasting surface treatments during the adult flight seasons to interrupt their life cycle.

We also provide you with specific information and tips based on our observations to reduce future infestations and maintain the results of the treatment to keep you borer-free.

Expect your borer control treatment to remove the existing infestation and protect your home from further infestation for 3-5 years. We also provide you with specific information and tips based on our observations to reduce future infestations and maintain the results of the treatment to keep you borer-free.

We can certainly eliminate the current accessible infestation and provide residual protection for 3 or more years.

This is protection from borer emerging from non-accessible areas i.e covered by insulation etc, and from re-infestation from adult borer taking flight from neighbouring houses or other sources of non-treated timber.

DIY borer products can be effective in limited situations if applied correctly although in my experience they are often not applied well.

The most common DIY treatments are bore bombs which can fumigate enclosed spaces such as roof cavities. These kill borer on contact, though there is no residual effect, so it needs to be done at the right time of year in the flight season, to kill adults and interrupt the life cycle. As it doesn’t have any lasting residual effect, it will need to be done yearly, and if done at the wrong time or ineffectively, then it may be almost useless. This will only work for cavities like the roof and doesn’t offer an effective solution for subfloors.

There are also direct injection methods which are fine for cosmetic timbers, but it is not practical to individually fill every hole in structural timbers, many of which may be empty, though you could try.

In our experience DIY methods need frequent reapplication due to having no residual effect, and are limited int their use, and effectiveness. Borer poses a large risk to your home if not treated properly so consider carefully before you spend a lot of time, effort, and money on DIY treatment with less than satisfactory results.

Safety is always our top priority with treatments. The main measure we take with borer control is ensuring people and pets are excluded from treatment zones until product is dry. We will provide you with clear direction on this as part of our safety-first approach.

For borer control access to the treatment areas will be needed, these most commonly being the roof cavity and/or subfloor. You and your pets will need to stay clear of the treated areas for 5 hours to allow for treatment and while product dries for your safety, though this isn’t usually much of a challenge for roof and subfloor spaces. We will work with you to make arrangements which are suitable and convenient to you.

We will need you to clear out any spaces to be treated to allow access to all exposed timber undergoing treatment. This means removing all items from your roof cavity, or subfloor in preparation for the treatment. Make plans for you and your pets to remain away from treated areas for 5 hours to allow for treatment and while product dries for your safety.

We will provide you clear direction on this as part of our safety-first approach.

Reducing the risk of borer comes down to removing sources of borer or making timbers impenetrable to them. Keep non-treated timbers such as firewood away from your house, and certainly don’t store it under your house, as borer will happily come out of the wood and find a new home in the structural timbers of your sub floor. A more costly, and often impractical option is to replace the untreated structural timber with treated timber. This is what is done with structural timbe that has been weakened by borer. A borer treatment provides protection for untreated timbers without having to replace it, so is often the most desirable option.