WOODBORER, TERMITE AND ROT CONTROL

Orkin is at the forefront of specialised restoration and conservation programmes, with respect to heritage buildings and national monuments. We work in conjunction with restorers and architects to manage wood destroying organisms such as beetles, termites and rot. Notwithstanding our experience, we also carry out regular repair work to structural timbers in property as well as timber floor treatment and refinishing.

  • Wood borer (beetle) inspections for deed of sale, (electrical inspection by sub contract).
    See Beetle Clause
  • Fumigation of floors and joinery
  • Treatment of timber: In situ
  • Repairs to timbers, roof and flooring
  • Floor sanding, treatment, re-sealing
  • Termite control as per SABS codes of practise: Pre and post treatment applications.
FACTS

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, there is an interesting and serious infestation known to exist in Simonstown, mainly in the Naval dockyard buildings, by one of the world's most destructive invaders - the Formosan subterranean termite.

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.

ORKIN HAS THE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT AND REPAIR DAMAGE CAUSED BY THESE ORGANISMS.

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Beetle Clause

WHEN YOU PURCHASE A PROPERTY, YOU SHOULD INSIST ON USING THE AFOREGOING "BEETLE CLAUSE " TO PREVENT BUYING A HOME WITH INFESTATION: DO NOT LET AGENTS OR LAWYERS TALK YOU OUT OF THIS, OR MAKE ANY CHANGES THAT WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT YOU. (Please print this and insert into your deed of sale.)

Beetle Clause:
The seller undertakes at this own expense, prior to registration of transfer, to have the accessible timbers on the property inspected by a South African Pest Control Association registered inspector (SAPCA) for Wood Destroying Beetles, Termites and Rot, and for the full recommendations, for repair and or treatment of any infested timbers found, (only by Registered pest control operators with ACT 36 of 1947); whereafter there shall be no further responsibility on the part of the seller in connection with any infestation by Beetles. A copy of the report and the certificate of treatment shall be furnished to the purchaser prior to the transfer of the property.

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