What are Borers

Borer beetles attack fruit trees and a number of ornamental trees and shrubs. The grubs tunnel into the trunk or branches, leaving a mass of sawdust or gum oozing from the hole.  



Sawdust, oozing gum and holes in branches or trunks.


Plants impacted

  • Fruit trees
  • Ornamental trees and shrubs


How to protect your plants against Borers

Probe the hole with a piece of wire to destroy the grub.  Improve the plant’s growing conditions by fertilising, mulching and watering.


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