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As pest managers, we have to ensure we effectively manage nuisance pests that can cause major damage to our properties, or certain health risks and diseases among humans and animals. We need to remember that pests are dependent on three primary factors to survive:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Shelter and harbourage

  • Borer: Drill and inject infested areas and high pressure spay

  • Safe Products: Treatment can be done while the property is being occupied. Our products are safe to use around children and animals

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  • No tenting is required:  No mess and no fuss

  • Stay Put:  You do not have to move out of your home or office, as required with fumigation methods

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Borer, also known as Woodboring Beetles or Wood Worm have a sensational appetite for dead or rotting wood. This can pose a huge problem, particularly for wooden structural supports and other household applications such as wooden flooring, doors, windows and furnishings, to name just a few.

People have been using wood for centuries and although other materials have become more popular for certain applications, wooden materials are still very popular today. Borer can compromise natural wooden structures leaving hundreds of hollow tunnels and wood dust in it’s wake. If left untreated or not treated correctly, borer can completely destroy your wood and render it useless.

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The term woodboring beetle encompasses many species and families of beetles whose larval or adult forms eat and destroy wood (i.e., are xylophagous). In the woodworking industry, larval stages of some are sometimes referred to as woodworms. The three most speciose families of woodboring beetles are longhorn beetles, bark beetles and weevils, and metallic flat-headed borers.

Woodboring beetles most often attack dying or dead trees. In forest settings, they are important in the turnover of trees by culling weak trees, thus allowing new growth to occur. They are also important as primary decomposers of trees within forest systems, allowing for the recycling of nutrients locked away in the relatively decay-resilient woody material of trees. To develop and reach maturity woodboring beetles need nutrients provided by fungi from outside of the inhabited wood. These nutrients are not only assimilated into the beetles’ bodies but also are concentrated in their frass, contributing to soil nutrients cycles. Though the vast majority of woodboring beetles are ecologically important and economically benign, some species can become economic pests by attacking relatively healthy trees (e.g. Asian longhorn beetle, emerald ash borer) or by infesting downed trees in lumber yards. Species such as the Asian longhorn beetle and the emerald ash borer are examples of invasive species that threaten natural forest ecosystems.

Woodboring beetles are commonly detected a few years after new construction. The lumber supply may have contained wood infected with beetle eggs or larvae, and since beetle life cycles can be one or more years, several years may pass before the presence of beetles becomes noticeable. In many cases, the beetles will be of a type that only attacks living wood, and thus incapable of “infesting” any other pieces of wood, or doing any further damage.[citation needed]

Genuine infestations are far more likely in areas with high humidity, such as poorly ventilated crawl spaces. Housing with central heating/air-conditioning tends to cut the humidity of wood in the living areas to less than half of natural humidity, thus strongly reducing the likelihood of an infestation. Some species will infest furniture.

Some beetles invade wood used in construction and furniture making; others limit their activity to forests or roots of living trees. The following lists some of those beetles that are house pests –

  • Ambrosia beetle
  • Common furniture beetle
  • Deathwatch beetle
  • Flat-headed wood-borer
  • Powderpost beetle (Anobiidae, Bostrichidae)
  • Old-house borer


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