More Pest species

There are thousands of other, less common pests that reside in Southern Africa, some of which are listed below.

Varied Carpet Beetles

Their name comes from the varied spectrum of colours on their backs.

Powderpost Beetles

These pests lay their eggs in cracks of wood. The larvae then continues to tunnel to the surface,

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filling the surface with a powder-like dust. Their bodies are characterised by the long, narrow and flat shape that allows them to attach to wood surfaces easily. Their colour is reddish brown.

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House Dust Mites

In the early 1990s, these mites were a very popular subject in pest control, and interest in

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these mites has recently increased again. These mites are impossible to see with the naked eye, they are known to feed off dead skin cells from humans as well as other protein substances.

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Water Conducting Fungi

This is a special brown rot causing widespread wood decay. It causes water to conduct up to 10

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metres away from the point of infestation. It does this by rhizomorphs, which are dense masses of filaments forming a root-like structure.

Two different species can be found: The first is Poria incrassata found along the Pacific Coast, and the second is Merulius lacrymans ("teardrop fungus") found in Europe and the Northeastern states.

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Pest Control

Whilst a wide range of DIY and off-the-shelf products are available to get rid of other pests, a large infestation may require professional pest control to ensure the problem won’t reoccur.

Pest articles

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

5 Hallmarks of an Audit Approved Pest Management Programme

For any company that handles food or beverage products – whether it’s a restaurant, food truck, producer, exporter, manufacturer, supermarket, caterer, or retail food store – ensuring food safety is becoming increasingly important. Ever-tightening policies and...

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

The 6 Tell-tale Signs of a Rodent Infestation [Infographic]

Rodents are nimble pests, often staying out of sight and undetected as they settle into buildings and homes where they can breed safely away from threat of predators and scavenge for food and water under the cover of darkness. Signs of a rodent infestation will often...

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

5 Common Hotspots for Rodent Infestations

Whether you run a restaurant, a corporate business or an industrial facility, or even if you’re a homeowner – your property is at risk for a rodent infestation. And if you see one rate, there are likely many more hiding out of sight. Inspect these six popular rodent...

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

World Pest Day: Imagining a World without Pest Control

6 June 2019 is World Pest Awareness Day, a worldwide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the important role pest control and pest management plays in protecting public health and property. Pest infestations are considered a global threat for many reasons far...

4 Pests Found in Food Manufacturing Facilities

4 Pests Found in Food Manufacturing Facilities

The contamination of food sources in South Africa has come under the spotlight in recent years as a result of the listeriosis outbreak which affected more than 1,000 people and 128 deaths. While food can become contaminated form many reasons, pest infestation is a...

Avoiding Common Restaurant Health Code Violations

Avoiding Common Restaurant Health Code Violations

When a restaurant gets cited for health code violations, it’s impossible to ignore the negative blow to the reputation of the establishment. Not only are health code violations bad for business though, they could have serious consequences related to foodborne...