Residential Pest Control

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White Tail Spiders, Bed Bugs and Other Insects in Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, and Manawatu region

White Tail Spiders 

An Aussie import, white tail spiders are quite common in New Zealand.  White tail spiders are nasty and will leave you with a red mark, swelling and pain if bitten.  They are nocturnal hunting spiders that do not spin a web to catch their prey, they actively hunt their prey.  The Pest Man’s Fly and Spider treatment will protect you and your family from these nasty little biters.

Bed Bugs Wellington and Palmerston North

Bed Bugs are common in our Wellington to Palmerston North service area. They come out at night and can leave itchy bites on your body. They live in crevices and cracks such as in bed frames or the headboard of your bed. We’ll first determine that bed bugs are the cause of your problem before taking steps to eradicate them.


Bees live in colonies in a hive or nest and they are important to the environment and the balance of nature. That said, they can cause annoyance, stress, and fear when they take up residence in a hollow wall or attic. While they are not aggressive, they can sting.

We work closely with local beekeepers in Wellington, Kapiti and Palmerston North when we remove the nest so that the local communities can benefit from their produce.


Wasps are more aggressive than bees, so it’s important to deal with them as quickly as possible. We’ll find the location of the nest and will then effectively and safely eradicate it.


Fleas love your house or commercial building because they like their home to be warm. We can treat and advise a number of steps to eradicate fleas from your property and prevent them from coming back. This includes controlling the spread of fleas both inside and outside your property.


Flies are both a nuisance and a health risk. The services we offer to help you control flies at your property include providing you with advice and helping you identify where the flies are coming from.

It also includes other more direct measures to get rid of flies and prevent them from coming back.


Spiders can live just about anywhere in your building, plus it’s hard to know the full extent of the problem. We have extensive experience dealing with spider infestations.


Cockroaches eat just about anything and they are a health risk to your family. They live in the crevices and cracks of buildings, but we have effective methods for dealing with all types of cockroach common in New Zealand.

Wood-Boring Beetles

Wood-boring beetles are sometimes called woodworm and can cause significant damage to the structure of your building, particularly where an infestation is allowed to develop. We can effectively deal with your wood-boring beetle problem. If your house is built before 1955 call The Pestman for an assessment of your structural timbers.

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service2 Cockroach Baiting
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Rodent Control Wellington


Mice live in family groups so if you have seen one, there are probably more. We have a number of methods we use to deal with mice in your property.


Rats are one of the most common rodent control services we offer in Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua and Manawatu regions. Rats also live in family groups and cause even more discomfort than mice. If you have a rat problem, we’ll deal with it quickly and effectively.

We will also assess and provide you with specific advice on where these rodents are accessing your property.

Ant Control Services Wellington


Ants often live in large colonies that can be found in ceilings, walls, and basements. While they are not necessarily selective in terms of where they live we have noticed threads on Facebook Community pages for Wellington, Kapiti, and Palmerston North that many people are struggling to manage them. They are an annoyance, but they can also get into food making them a hygiene risk, plus they cause electrical issues.

When you call The Pest Man for ant management, including Argentinian ant control in Kapiti and the surrounding area, we’ll first identify the location of the nest. We will then determine the best approach to deal with the problem and can provide you with advice for ongoing management.

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serv4 Borer and Dry rot damage

Borer Treatment Wellington and Palmerston North

Wood-boring beetles can also be a significant problem in your home. That damage can be significant too as borer beetles eat away at the wood in your building.

At The Pest Man, we offer highly effective borer treatment services in Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, Palmerston North, and other surrounding areas that will stop borer beetles in their tracks. If you already have a problem with borer beetles, contact us today.

You should also contact us if you suspect you have a problem as we can inspect your building to carry out a complete assessment. We’ll then be able to give you advice, so you can make a decision on the next steps to take.

To find out more and to book a callout, please call us today on 0800 737 810.

What You Can Expect from The Pest Man

  • Professionalism and industry expertise
  • Highly responsive service
  • Effective and fast-acting pest management techniques
  • Excellent customer service
  • Competitive prices

Please call us today on 0800 737 810  to get a free, no-obligation quote for residential pest control services in Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, Manawatu, and the surrounding areas.

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Borer Control Wellington, Whanganui and Levin Wide

Whether it’s your home or your business, pests cause damage. Maintaining a pest free environment doesn’t need to be difficult or costly if you take the right measures to ensure your business is pest protected. Many businesses simply react to pest infestations or issues as they happen or become visible and are unaware that these pests have been present and causing damage for some time.

The Pest Man promotes four pest control strategies which are key to keeping your business pest free no matter what industry you are in. Inspect, Clean, Secure, Control


When ants start pouring out of the electrical socket in the staff kitchen it probably means they have been on the outside of the building for some time prior to moving inside. So, fixing that ant issue now involves a pest control technician, an electrician, possibly a painter or handy man and grumpy staff who can’t get their coffee fix. An external routine pest inspection by The Pest Man with an ant management treatment as a preventative measure would have been a better and less expensive solution.

Rodents, cockroaches and flies will usually leave signs, but you need to check everywhere from staff kitchen sinks and bins to drains, cracks and crevices.

Your external environment should also be checked regularly. Rodent access points, wasps scouting for suitable nest sites and those tell-tale ant trails will be identified with regular external checks.


Cleaning and good hygiene will always be the key to pest management. Whether you do it yourself or employ a cleaner, good hygiene practice is everyone’s responsibility. Remind staff not to dispose of food in desk bins. Waste disposal areas should be cleaned regularly. Food should be put away, staff fridges and cupboards cleaned frequently. Cleaning behind and under staff room fridges, dishwashers, ovens and microwaves should happen regularly as well. If you operate commercial kitchens or provide food and hospitality services you will already know the importance of good cleaning practices.


Deny pests easy access to your business premises. Block every hole, weather seal your doors and windows. Cap drains and secure your external waste management bins to avoid passers-by from dumping their unknown waste in your recycling bins. Communicate any concerns with your business neighbours if they are in proximity as they may not know they have an issue.


Regular inspections and programmed pest services can also ensure the environment your staff work in is kept free from biting pests such as fleas or white tail spiders. The Pest Man currently works with a government agency to keep their staff free from white tail spider bites. A bite to a staff member is painful for them, could mean time off work, causes fear among colleagues and requires Health & Safety incident forms and follow up. A regular and agreed service plan ensures this agency’s 24×7 call centre staff, work in a safe environment while allowing the centre complete control on when services are delivered so they can plan and minimise any business interruptions.

Regulations and Reputation

The Pest Man can not only help you maintain a healthy and safe environment for your staff and customers, but we can also assist with your regulatory requirements especially if your business is in the food and hospitality industries. We can help you avoid unnecessary property and reputation damage. We provide detailed service sheets with every inspection or treatment and often these service reports are required not only for regulatory but also for insurance purposes.

Big business – Small business

We provide a wide range of pest management services to large and small enterprise. From ad hoc ant control at a Kapiti coffee cart to a multi-site company who requires bimonthly rodent control in Wellington and six monthly rodent services at their two Porirua sites.

The Pest Man provides services to the following types of businesses and many others.

  • Accommodation – hotels, motels, travel lodges,
  • Managed residential property – apartment blocks, houses, retirement villages
  • Food – Cafes, bakeries, restaurants, catering
  • Retail – malls, boutique shops, supermarkets, local dairy
  • Education – schools, Early Childhood, childcare, training centres
  • Health – medical centres, specialist centres, well-being clinics, optometrists
  • Sports facilities – Gyms, club houses, sports grounds
  • Manufacturing – workshops, yards, large plant
  • Entertainment – bowling alleys, cinemas, theatres
  • General Business – real estate office, law firms, banks, post offices
  • Public Services – police stations, call centres, volunteer and charitable organisations

If your business requires a one off treatment our staff are quick to respond and get a technician to you quickly. We will assess and treat, provide service reports, and give you after service advice and care.

While we deal with the full range of pests from flies, spiders’ cockroaches, fleas, bed bugs and wasps to the ever-annoying ant, we have found rodent control and borer control (wood boring beetles) to be the most sought-after treatments not just seasonally but all year round.

The damage these two pests can do to a property is extensive. House and contents Insurance and pre-sale building reports are just two areas where our rodent control and borer control treatments can influence a positive outcome. If your property is in our service areas which include Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, Levin, Palmerston North and the wider Horowhenua and Manawatu area call us for advice. We have increased our borer service area to now include Whanganui such is the demand for borer control in older homes there.

Rodent Control Palmerston North and Porirua

From noises in the ceiling at night to mouse droppings in your pantry, rodents have a harmful effect to your peace of mind and to your property. A rat chewing through plumbing pipes in any property can be costly, especially one that is built into the side of a Wellington hill where remedial pipe work is difficult and costly. A regular rodent service plan from the Pest Man works for homes as well as businesses. It provides peace of mind and protects your property.

Our one-off rodent control treatment will still come with a maintenance assessment and recommendations on how you can self-manage these pests outside of a rodent control program.

Borer Control

If you currently own, want to sell or want to buy any property built prior to 1955 then chances are it was built using untreated timber. Wood boring beetles or borer in untreated timbers will cause physical and financial damage. Much of our borer treatment work comes to us by referral and our borer control services are sought after from Wellington through to Levin and Palmerston North. Homes built with untreated timber should be assessed every 10 years once a treatment has been completed. The Pest Man provides a 10-year warranty for a borer treatment carried out at your property.

Treatment Methods and safety

The Pest Man regularly reviews pest control products and application methods to ensure they are relevant and effective. Our technicians are fully qualified and all products and application methods meet regulations and are safe for use. The Pest Man will choose the best solution to suit your needs. Current SDS (safety data sheets) will be made available on request for each product we use.

If you have any allergies or medical conditions, it is always advisable to check with your medical practitioner prior to booking our services.

For your safety and to ensure maximum efficacy with each treatment please read the following information around the service(s) we are providing you. Please contact us before or after your service should you have any questions.

Interior Spray Treatments (cockroaches, spiders, flies, borer in flight, fleas, bed bugs, etc)

General pest control surface spray treatments allow for a thin layer of product to remain on surfaces which enters the body of the pest after contact or during grooming.

Before a pest control spray treatment.

  • Put all exposed food products away including pet food and water bowls.
  • Cover cots or infants’ beds with an old sheet and put toys in a closet.
  • Put personal hygenie items such as tooth brushes away.
  • Ensure all pets are kept away from any areas we are treating and cannot get back into the property.
  • Inform family/staff members not to return to the property until 4 hours after treatment.
  • Ensure aquariums etc are adequately covered and pumps are switched off.
  • The Pest Man will check and cover/move anything you have missed.

After spray treatments.

  • Do not re-enter the property for 4 hours
  • Open doors and windows and ventilate for 10 minutes.
  • Very Lightly wipe down food preparation surfaces but do not wash, vacuum, or vigorously clean any surfaces.
  • Remember pet or human food which is not put away or stored Properly will attract pests.
  • Keeping cupboards, surfaces and pets clean will always be the first step in maintaining a pest free home.

Exterior Spray Treatments (Cockroaches, spiders, flies, borer in flight, Ants etc)

Exterior spray treatments usually but not always accompany interior spray treatments. We may, if required use a more powerful spray on the exterior than on the interior.

  • It is advisable that pets are kept away until at least an hour after an external spray to allow the product time to dry around the house and perimeter of your property.
  • Pet food bowls and bbq areas should be kept clean and pet poop removed.
  • Avoid spray washing the outside of your property.

Rodenticide baiting (rats and mice)

After talking with you and on assessment of access points and any maintenance requirements we will usually use a bait solution for rats and mice.

  • Advise family/staff not to tamper with bait or bait stations.
  • We will bait away from easy pet access areas however you must also ensure your pet cannot access these areas. If you suspect your pet has consumed bait, please inform your vet the name of the bait shown in your service report and follow their advice.

Gel Baiting Treatments (cockroaches and ants)

After discussion with you and often in conjunction with a spray application we will use gel baiting treatments.

  • Gel baits are low in toxicity and only small quantities are placed in discreet locations.
  • It is essential that no other insecticides (including fly spray) be applied around baited areas before and after any baiting gel has been laid.

Contact Powder Treatments (wasps and bees)

  • Powder is applied by pressure to the nest entrance. Avoid the area of the nest for 24 hours as wasps are aggressive.
  • We will endeavour to relocate honey and bumble bees in the first instance and eradicate only if this is not possible.

Borer Treatments (wood borer)

We use a spray saturation method in the sub floor and ceiling areas to treat borer. Borer treatments are now water-based powders allowing you to remain at home while the treatment is carried out however stay out of the treated underfloor and or ceiling area for 24 hours.

  • Our equipment remains outside except for our hose so be aware of this trip hazard.
  • Any Injection treatments are usually localised, and that localised area should be avoided for 4 hours.
  • Borer in flight and/or where underfloor access is not achievable, we will Revert to a spray technique so please follow the guidelines above for spray treatments and remain out of the property for 4 hours.

Ant treatment

Ant treatments are completed outside. We spray around the outside of your house and perimeter of your property. We will also use baits to lure ants to the sprayed areas.

  • Please ensure pets are removed until at least an hour after the service.
  • You may remain inside the property while we carry out the treatment outside.
  • Please refrain from using any insecticides (fly spray) before or after treatment this will negatively impact the treatment.
  • This is a slow acting solution to eradicate the colony and may take up to a month to achieve. Please be patient.
  • Please avoid washing the exterior of your property or using weed killers or any other chemicals in this first month.

After Treatment Service Reports
After any service completed by The Pest Man, your technician will leave a service sheet indicating what products and method have been used at your property.

If you know or suspect someone has been affected by rodenticide or insecticides, please call the National Poisons Centre 24-hour line on 0800 764 766 and or a medical professional.

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