In the hotter months between October and February borer in New Zealand schools often becomes apparent. Here are some short tips on what to look for – and how to avoid finding it in the first place.
1) Borer is clearly apparent with the small holes made by these common beetles. In schools borer infestation is generally hidden from sight however, in the walls and ceiling cavities.
2) First make certain the overall conditions are as unappealing to borer as possible. Keep moisture under control and ensure sub-floor and ceiling spaces are dry and well ventilated.
3) To help ensure 2) is right, check your roof for any potential areas that may leak in the near future.
4) You can control borer with different spray and oil treatment measures, however most of these are ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approaches. It is far more cost-effective to maintain the building correctly and consistently.
As part of a regular maintenance programme we check building materials at risk from borer and provide a clear, comprehensive plan for preventing any future outbreaks. This is the best way of dealing with a building pest that can cause all kinds of headaches if given the chance to burrow and breed.
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