Beetle Compliance Inspections

Beetle inspections mainly focus on the examination of accessible timer in domestic properties for wood-destroying insect infestations.

   

Wood destroying beetle

  • Beetle inspections are aimed specifically at wood destroying organisms.
      
  • Not to be confused with general pest control which treat rodents, cockroaches, fleas etc…
      
  • Only accessible timber is checked
      
  • Same-day beetle certificates

 

 

The Beetle Inspection Process:

1. You suspect you have a problem / you need a compliance certificate for the DOS office.
2. You make a booking for a Beetle Inspection.
3. We send a technician out to carry out the Inspection.
4. If no Infestation is present, we issue the compliance certificate.
5. If unfortunately, you do have an infestation and action needs to be taken, we will 1st quote you on the needed repairs.
6. Once you sign and accept our quote, we will carry out the repairs.
7. Our technical team will complete the repairs.
8. Once the repairs are completed we will issue the Compliance Certificate.

There are numerous wood destroying organisms, however in the Western Cape the majority of Deed Of Sales refer to the three notifiable Beetles namely:

ANOBIUM PUNCTATIUM (commonly known as furniture Beetle)
Found predominately in wooden flooring

HYLOTRUPES BAJULES
Found predominately in roof trusses, fascia boards and wendy houses

OXYPLERUS NODIERI
Found predominately in roof trusses, fascia boards and wendy house
Their eggs are laid in the cracks of wood and tunnel through over a period of years, which eventually destroys the structure.

General identification would be holes on the timber surface and the presence of dust (frass)

All removal timbers present are inspected. However, the presence of infestation in unexposed areas such as sub flooring under floor boards, flooring under fitted carpets and flat roofs which are not accessible, cannot therefore be inspected.

An annual wood boarder inspection is recommended.

 

INSECTS WHICH ATTACK STRUCTURAL TIMBER

Beetles and Termites are small insects which can fly as adults, lay eggs in untreated timber, and chew wood as their source of food. The worms ( larvae ) will burrow, eating the timber until ready to mature into the adult and reproductive phase. Termites have a slightly different biology, having a complex caste system.

Examples of destructive South African species:

 

ITALIAN Beetle

HYLOTRUPES BAJULUS
Female lays eggs in wood during Summer. Larvae (worm) chews wood for about three years, after which it pupates, and hatches into adult Beetle. Adult can fly, and lives for about three weeks when reproduction takes place. Size +- 15mm.

 

FURNITURE Beetle/ANOBIUM PUNCTATUM

As above, but egg to adult Beetle stage takes +- 9 months. Size +- 4mm. A serious worldwide woodborer which attacks most types of wood.

 

TERMITES:

DRY WOOD: Eggs produced by female (Queen). Different castes exist – Nymphs, Soldiers, Reproductives (these fly, and have to leave colony to form new colonies. Size +- 5mm.) These highly destructive insects do not need to have soil contact, and will nest in the timber. Found generally from Eastern Cape up to KZN, and also known to exist in Constantia, City Bowl, Cape Town, brought in by traders centuries ago.

 

SUBTERRANEAN:

Similar to Dry Wood termites, but have a worker caste, and exist in underground areas, or in old buildings with clay brick walls. Found north of Cape Town (Boland) and countrywide.

 

HARVESTER TERMITES:

A subterranean termite that can cause property damage by eating carpets, pushing vast amounts of soil and debris from cracks in walls and floors, which do not eat structural timber, but collect bits of dry grass and leaves.
They can undermine walls and foundations.

 

WOOD ROT:

Minute fungus which attacks the cells of timber, and causes rapid and serious structural decay, particularly in damp conditions. All these organisms live on the cellulose (starch) of timber.

 

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