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

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day: Fighting Pests for Food Security

World Food Day (16 October) provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. There are many threats to global food supplies, including population growth, food prices, climate change, food waste and land pressures. But one...

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

How Ant Infestations Start (And What to Do About It)

If you’ve woken up to find your home suddenly crawling with ants, you’re not alone. This time of year is prime time for ant infestations as the warmer weather urges worker ants to get busy foraging for food and water to sustain the colony. Like any other insect, ants...

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

Food Safety: A Global Public Health Threat

In a year, An estimated 1 out of 10 people will fall ill after eating contaminated food, with diarrheal diseases being the most common illness (WHO). The food sector today faces many challenges that may leave food vulnerable to contamination and other hazards, as it...

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...