Protect your largest investment.
There are up to 7 species of wood-boring insect in New Zealand that might attack the timbers of your home or other buildings. The most common of these is the Common House Borer (Anobium punctatum) also known as Woodworm in other parts of the world. A close relative, is the Native House Borer (Leanobium flavomaculatum) is rarely distinguished from the Common Borer and may be the more common.
The life cycles of these insects are similar. 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, eating it and using yeasts in their stomachs to help break down cellulose in the wood. After 3-4 years the larvae will pupate in a chamber near the surface, then 4-8 weeks later 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.
Treatment of timbers to remove borer infestation is the same for whichever species is present.
This combination of treatment will protect your home and your investment .