Borer tips

Get it right before they burrow

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.

If you’d like to know more, or request a borer building check, fill out the form below.

Richard Waite

Richard Waite

Richard has been the General Manager of National Decorators for the past 5 years developing the company in the property and construction markets. Working off the base of a 100+ year old legacy, he has refined the company from a family business to be the leading painting company in the country. Some key developments have been in the integration of significant IT systems to increase the customer experience and enhance efficiency. Another big focus was reshaping the culture of the onsite teams to reflect the company in the best possible way.
Richard also leads a sales and marketing team of 7 staff, pushing into new markets and developing new services for our customers. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and 2 young girls, as well as joining in community events.
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