The Fiji Times »BAF issues termite alarm – Protect your homes, local residents advise

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Residents of the termite-infested communities in Lautoka and Labasa have been warned to protect their homes from swarms that leave their nests this time of year.

Acting CEO of the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Surend Pratap, said the agency is continuously raising awareness of the Asian underground termite (AST) problem to aid containment efforts.

“People must keep the following in mind in order not to move host material (soil, wood materials, firewood, potted plants, long-term stored paper products and cotton mix clothing, etc.) from an AST infested area to an unaffected area in Fiji,” he said.

“No host material (soil, wood materials, firewood, potted plants, long-term stored paper and clothing materials, etc.) from AST in their properties from known AST-affected regions in Fiji that have not been inspected and certified by the BAF.

“All wood materials must not be placed directly on the ground or in direct contact with the ground and follow the Fiji National Code of Building – recommended building specifications for buildings to withstand termite activity.”

He said when swarming termites emerged from a nest in a house or from soil colonies trying to squeeze through cracks and crevices in the walls and foundation to get outside for the first time.

“Since swarming termites are attracted to light, they can often be found on their flights near windows or lighting fixtures.

“Termites only swarm when the colony has reached a certain age of maturity, a certain size and when the weather conditions are conducive or optimal for their flight.

“The swarm of termites around your house indicates that there are active colonies nearby.”

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