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    common south african pests

    When I checked my post this morning I found that two little bugs had devoured a hole through my municipal account. This suddenly brought into focus the fact that I have no idea what the common pests are in South Africa, and probably wouldn't know what a borer beetle looked like if it bit me on the toe (after devouring my wooden floors).

    So I was wondering what the common ZA pests are, and if there is a website that has pictures and details of the damages that they do.

    Suggestions of where to look?
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    I've thought of adding something like this to our company website. But I can go quite a long way with a photo. Post a photo of the damage, and let's see how far we go.

    The best pest ID area on the web I know of is unfortunately for NPMA (USA) members only.
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    Photo of damage or photo of beetle? Unfortunately the beetle didn't make it
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    After a little looking around I *think* it was some type of weevil (small, grey/brown, pointy nose). If I post a photo of the damage all it is going to look like is a piece of paper with some holes eaten into it - or are you particularly skilled in the chewing patterns of beetles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsd View Post
    are you particularly skilled in the chewing patterns of beetles?
    Yes. Most often that is all we've got to work with Whilst I might not be able to get it down to species every time, I can generally get it down to family - or worst case a pest category.

    What you have described does sound like a weevil. The next step would be to identify the source. Keep an eye on stored cereal products.
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    Found this outside in the post box, probably closer to our neighbour's building than to ours...I'll attach a photo later
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    Here are the best photo's I could get on the digital camera I have (pretty hard without a macro lens)
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    Evidence points towards a cockroach, but were the antenna damaged? - they should be longer.

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    If you take a flashlight and examine inside the mailbox carefully, you might well find more. In this instance I'll forgive you for using an aerosol insecticide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    Evidence points towards a cockroach, but were the antenna damaged? - they should be longer.
    Cockroach? Never seen any type of cockroach that looked like that (but I don't know much about bugs). There were not really any antenna, just a long (relative to size) snout. The beetle wasn't really in a good way for the photo, aerosol insecticide had taken its toll, and a curled up position was all that it could manage for the photo

    Anyway, more important for me is what I should keep my eyes open for to avoid wood damage to floors, roof trusses and other wooden items, and what preventative steps I should be taking, and at what intervals.
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    Thumbs up a better photo!

    I managed to get a better and more in focus photo of one this morning (found it on my cat - think he was trying to eat it this was inside though )
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