What is a beetle certificate?

In the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal regions it is customary to include a clause in the Deed of Sale that the seller will provide the purchaser with a beetle-free certificate.

In the Western Cape there are three Wood borer Beetles that are commonly specified:

Anobium Punctatium (commonly known as furniture beetle) - found predominately in wooden flooring

Hylotrupes Bajules (commonly known as the European house borer) - found predominately in roof trusses, fascia boards and wendy houses

Oxyplerus Nodieri (commonly known as the longhorn beetle) - found predominately in roof trusses, fascia boards and wendy houses