Fumigation can largely be avoided, as early detection of any wood borer can easily be treated. While many homeowners have inspections done – as required by law in KZN – when they have sold the property; or only after an infestation is suspected, this is counter productive. We recommend annual inspection by a reputable, professional pest control company, as the earlier wood borer is detected, the simpler and less costly the treatment.
Should an infestation be identified, there are two main treatment options, depending on the degree and stage of the infestation. If detected early enough, the best treatment option is a palliative treatment (localised drilling) of infested timbers and injecting them with termiticide as well as spraying the rest of the roof timbers. However, if the infestation is rife, the home will need to be fumigated (tent fumigation). If left untreated, wood borer can seriously weaken timber, which may lead to structural failure of timbers.