Don't let your home get to the same state as this picture!
This is a photo of a borer infested section of wooden flooring, taken at a house we recently took over management of.
There are 7 species of wood-boring insect in New Zealand that can attack the timbers of your home. The most common of these is the house borer (also known as Woodworm in other parts of the world).
Adult females lay up to 100 eggs on bare timber or in old flight holes. The eggs hatch after 4-5 weeks and the larvae bore through the wood. The larvae can survive for up to 4 years and then pupate in a chamber near the surface. Finally, the adult exits the wood by eating its way to the surface creating a 'flight hole'. It mates and begins the life cycle over again. The flight holes are approximately 2mm in diameter for Common Borer and 3-4mm for Native Borer.
It is important that a thorough survey is carried out to ascertain the extent of any infestation. It is frequently the case that a few flight holes are visible on the exterior of painted weather boards, however when the boards are examined more closely the interior of the timbers are badly damaged and many flight holes are present on the interior surface.
The treatment of timbers to remove borer infestation is the same for whichever species is present. We recommend a professional pest control service such as Pure Services to treat your property. However, should you wish to complete this yourself, below is a full treatment schedule:
Remember, prevention is better than cure and much easier on the pocket!