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17 November 2021

Rustenburg – Termites are known as the silent destroyers and are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Imagine moving into your brand-new house just to find out these little pests have been chomping away at the structure of your dream home and the previous owner failed to disclose it…


In one case where a seller failed to disclose that they had a termite infestation, the buyer turned to the courts for help. The plaintiff sued for compensation for expenses incurred in repairing the house and ensuring its structural integrity.

The services of an expert witness had to be called in and Vivienne Uys, the termite taxonomist at the National Collection of Insects was subpoenaed by the Magistrates’ Court in the District of Rustenburg to testify. The Court ruled in favour of the plaintiff following expert testimony provided by the ARC entomologist.


Termites can enter buildings from under concrete slabs, brick walls and pavers. Conditions that put properties at risk of termites often involve moisture and warmth and the areas that are usually attacked include:

 

  • decking timbers/ bearers, joists, and decking boards
  • timber cladding
  • fences and garden edges
  • stored timber items (stored firewood, building timbers, play equipment etc.)
  • structural framing timbers (roof voids)
  • electrical wiring and built-in units
  • carpets and furniture
  • books and wall hangings
  • clothing

Platinum Weekly spoke to Mostert Pest Control Rustenburg to find out what steps you can take to prevent termites from moving in and what to do when you suspect you have termites.

“It is important to treat your foundation beneath your building structure for subterranean termites before construction. It is always better to take preventative measures to avoid termites from infesting your home,” Mostert Pest Control branch manager Lindiwe Dichabe said.


Soil poisoning can be conducted in two ways: Pre and Post construction with a five-year guaranteed certificate. Subterranean termites are controlled in pre-construction foundation trenches and under solid floor areas.

In post construction, they can be treated by drilling the entire outside building wall one metre apart and the solution of termicides injected according to label direction. The control of harvester termites is normally accomplished by establishing where their shallow nest is, and then solution of termicides is injected into numerous nests. 

Signs that you might have termites:

  • Hollowed out skirtings and door frames
  • Damage underneath wooden furniture
  • Cracking walls – this is a sign of a huge infestation
  • Heaps of hard soil attached to the walls, and it contains small pieces of glass if you break them
  • Small holes appearing in the carpet

Lindiwe added: “Termites can easily spread through neighbourhoods so if you suspect that you have termites, call in an expert.

I also recommend that you get your house inspected before selling or buying so that you are not stuck with these critters feasting on your home.”

For a free quotation contact Mostert Pest Control on 071 213 6107 or rust.b@mostertpestcontrol.co.za. 
 

Mostert Pest Control specialist Johnny Ikaneng getting rid of termites.
Termites can infest a home and cause havoc! 

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