Entomological Services

Pest Control Services for You

Alcocks offers great services that guarantees you piece of mind that the work is done to the strictest standards.

We offer a range of services which include pest management for:

  • Woodborer

    Wood boring insects and beetles are those organisms that are found in and destroy wood.  In all cases of woodboring beetles, the larva is responsible for the most damage. They are often found in older parts of a region and in the case of Durban inhabit the “borer strip”. This area stretches from the Bluff to Glenwood, Musgrave, areas of Berea and Durban North typically. They drop frass or faecal pellets which differ in colour depending on the wood they inhabit and differ in shape depending on which beetle is infesting. Flighting season is between October and the end of March.  Click here for more information on woodborer


    Treatment of woodborer include fumigation, removal and replacement or hypo treatments. For a solution suited to your specific needs please contact us for advice on the preferred treatment for you.

  • Termites

    There are two main types to attack homes which are Sub-terranean termites and Wood-Inhabiting termites.  Subterranean termites are a fast destroyer of wood with damage occurring rapidly.  This type is often called "white ants". Flighting occurs after first spring rains and are often found attracted to outside lights.  Please click here for more information.


    Treatment of Termites include drill and injections where holes are drilled into slab on ground areas and cavity walls, in the cases of a suspended floor, the soil is treated. Please contact Alcocks for help dealing with your termite problem.

  • Cockroaches

    We have two types of cockroaches that we generally encounter, the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach. The American cockroach is about 38mm in length and is a reddish brown colour with a yellow stripe behind its head. It’s the largest cockroach we encounter and is able to fly. The German cockroach is about 17mm in length and is a light brown colour with two dark stripes. This cockroach is dependent on human activity for survival and generally nests close to humans. Cockroaches also contain proteins in its saliva that aggravate asthma.


    The best treatment is prevention with cockroaches. Thoroughly clean and sanitize areas that food is worked with as well as dustbins. Cockroaches will be attracted to any spillages so be sure to clean them quickly. Unfortunately, over the counter solutions have limited efficacy with them. We offer a spray and a gelling solution for cockroaches. For these very effective methods of roach control please contact Alcocks and you will be advised of the best method to use. Click here for more info on cockroaches.

  • Rodents

    The Rodents that we generally find and that cause damage are mice and rats. Rats can cause damage to homes and business and spread illnesses such as Leptospirosis. Rat infestation is marked by gnawing marks on boxes, furniture and fabric and nests can be found which may have strips of cardboard in its makeup.  Click here for more information rats and mice.


    For effective treatment of rodents we install tamper proof bait stations with a rodenticide. This is attractive to the rats who consume the poison. It is safe for pets, as a dogs for example will have to consume its body weight in poison for it to affect it. Should you have a rodent problem please call Alcocks for an effective and safe solution.

  • Fleas

    Fleas are found in most areas except places that are very dry. The most commonly found flea is the cat flea. They attack cats, dogs, people and various other animals. They are small brown, flattened insects and are able to jump very well. For more info on fleas please click here.


    To treat a flea infestation, flea sprays are very effective. It is important when having a flea spray done to remove the animals from the property and have them washed and dipped while the spraying is taking place. This is a precautionary measure to avoid re-infestation. For help with your flea problem please contact us.

For trouble with any other pest, please feel free to contact us.  Our helpful pest Control department will advise you as to the best course of action.

Alcocks also offers Pest Control Services for commercial and industrial on a contractual basis. For more information on this service please contact our offices.