Even though, for many of us in New Zealand, it hasn’t felt much like spring, the weather is slowly getting warmer. There is even the occasional stunning day.This means longer days, BBQ’s, beach fun, weekends filled with gardening, mowing the lawns, and getting out about or mucking about in boats, which is wonderful! However, these seasons also bring something not entirely wonderful. Bugs.
New Zealand is a paradise when it comes to creatures. Unlike some of our close cousins, Kiwi’s don’t have to worry about snakes in the grass, deadly poisonous spiders, man-eating reptiles, or large furry predators. We do, however, have plenty of bugs. Spiders (of the non-deadly kind), flies, ants, cockroaches, mosquitos, sandflies, wasps, and those horrid little creatures that like to eat our grandmother’s favourite oak drawers, borer – bugs in their thousands!
Different regions have their own specific issues. Marlborough has wasps, Auckland has native cockroaches, Central Otago has midges, the West Coast has sandflies, and spiders and flies - well spiders and flies are pretty much everywhere!
For the majority of the year these pests are not too much of a problem, but spring and summer weather can see numbers rising significantly – and indeed, some years they have been known to get out of control!
Bugs are not only a nuisance, they can cause serious issues. Have you ever had an ant nest in the joins of your outdoor tiles? Ants, as tiny as they are, can cause a literal upheaval! Tiles and concrete paths have been known to be lifted and warped due to tunnelling and nesting ants. And don’t even start on wasp nests!Borer beetles wreak havoc on beautiful pieces of expensive furnishings, and if they get into your timber framing, let’s just say, they could bring the house down – not in a good way.
This is where your local JAE teams come in.
The time for beating back the bugs is NOW. Borer beetles start flying between October and March so if you haven’t had your timber furnishings and home treated, now is the right time to do it. To find out more about whether you need to worry about your timber framed or wooden boarded home, give your local JAE team a call. If you find fine wood coloured dust in little piles around the place, this is tell-tale sign that borer is about and you need to give us a call!
Spiders, flies, midges, sandflies, and mosquitos all start coming out of their winter hibernations in spring and continue to be a source of frustration throughout spring and summer. Itchy bites, flies in the kitchen, and spiderwebs all over the place can drive some people up the wall. Professional pest control treatments can help alleviate these issues.
Kiwi’s lean towards a DIY attitude, and pest control is often thought of as something you can do yourself. However, a professional is trained in using the right chemicals that target the pests, and not the pets or people in the home.Correct, safe, and hygienic usage of any pest control treatment is a must to ensure only the targeted creatures are affected.
JAE technicians are highly skilled specialists that can effectively treat homes around New Zealand to, not just rid you of unwanted nasties, but also prevent them from coming back! Plus, our teams are Australasian and NZQA certified, so they know what they are doing and how to handle pesticides safely.
Professional methods are also more successful. Rather than waste money buying expensive DIY pest eliminators just to have the bugs come back, call the team that will do it right the first time.
Read more about other Household Pests in our Guide to Pest Control in New Zealand
Find out if your local JAE team can help you with all of your pest control needs today.