Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Borer; it’s that time of year again!

Borer; it’s that time of year again!

October and November is the time of year when Borer beetles start emerging from the wood. This is when most homeowners start to notice the first signs of Borer.

Borer is scary; well that’s how it comes across until you know all the facts and that we can do something about it!

Borer in the roof cavity and under the floor are usually picked up on if you have insulation installed, or if you have an electrician or builder do some maintenance.  Borer throughout the house is usually picked up on between October and February. This is when the borer throughout the home emerges from little holes in the wood causing piles of fine sawdust.  However if you are noticing borer holes this doesn’t mean you have active borer. It could be an old infestation that has already been treated.
Borer damage can also leave a line pattern as
shown above. This is usually inactive
and was present when the timber was milled.
Active borer will leave little circular 
holes on surface of the wood as seen here

Borer in the roof or subfloor can be treated at any time of the year. This is because the wood in these areas is usually unpainted; meaning the treatment we apply will penetrate the wood and kill the borer.

Borer internally, also known as borer on the wing must be treated between September and October before the borer flight season. This is because throughout the internal of the home the wood is usually vanished or painted and products cannot penetrate into the wood. Internal borer must be treated every year for 4 years continuously which will kill the lifecycle of the borer. You will also be happy to know it will help reduce flies over summer too, as it is also effective on flies that come in contact with the treatment.

At Bug King we offer a pre inspection before treatment. This is so we can examine the borer activity and provide you with an accurate quote, as it may only be a small portion of the home affected, or an old infestation that doesn’t require treatment at all.  If you are worried and would like to book an inspection or just chat to someone about any borer concerns, call the team at Bug King on 0800 54 64 54.

Thursday, 22 June 2017



In New Zealand there are 2 common types of cockroach. The indoor cockroach, more commonly known as German Cockroaches, and the outdoor cockroach, more commonly known as the Native or Bush Cockroach. Although the Native Cockroaches aren’t usually considered a pest they still do you a great fright when you see them invading your personal space!

Cockroach Facts:
·         A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
·         Cockroaches have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
·         The lifecycle starts as an egg, hatches into a nymph, and then becomes an adult. The nymphs look similar to an adult cockroach. They will feed and moult a few times before developing into an adult.
·         German Cockroaches are hitchhikers. They will catch a ride to your house in a parcel or box, or even from a friend’s house. Native cockroaches come from outside.
·         Female cockroaches can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, scary huh?!

Native/Bush Cockroaches

Native Cockroaches are not usually considered a pest. However they will come inside, especially during winter time to find warmth and shelter. When seen they won’t run away.

Habitat: This type of cockroach likes living in bark, logs, trees, bushes and leaf litter. They are more commonly found in dark and damp areas and are found throughout the home on odd occasions.

Food source: They feed on organic materials. They will even eat organic decaying matter.

Identification: The Native Roach is usually a darker brown and more circular in shape.They grow up to 22mm in body length. 

Native Cockroach

German Cockroaches 

This is the type of cockroach you don’t want to be dealing with. They are fast breeders, and do carry diseases which can cause upset tummies. When seen this cockroach will scatter.

Habitat: This type of cockroach likes heated areas which are warm and moist. Usually confined to the kitchen area, fridges, dishwashers, and microwaves but can also be found around other areas such as hot water cylinder cupboards, TVs and computers. This usually happens if the cockroaches are left to live freely and start to over populate. You will mainly see the German type of cockroach at night as they are nocturnal.

Food source: This cockroach is considered a scavenger! It eats any little food scraps it can find.

Identification: Usually a lighter or bronzy brown. The German cockroach is smaller, up to 12mm in length. Their body shape is long and cylinder.

German Cockroach

What we can do?

Bug King can offer you treatments to remove German Cockroaches, and keep Native Cockroaches outside where they belong. What is even better is we offer a warranty for all our cockroach treatments! You have nothing to lose, apart from those unwanted roaches!

Give Bug King a call on 0800 54 64 54 for whatever is bugging you.