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Winged insects attack north fire officer's home

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, October 04, 2012

A RESIDENT of Boca, Bulileka in Labasa is worried after the recent discovery of insects he claims are eating into the walls of his three-bedroom home.

Labasa fire officer Avinesh Chand first detected the existence of the wood-eating insects on September 18 this year when he discovered big cracks on the walls of his house.

"Upon inspection inside the wall, I discovered small winged insects and others that looked like small larvae formations," he said.

"I found out that the whole side of the wall in the sitting room was fully rotten and found this strange which made me call the Forestry Department to confirm the strange discovery.

The Forestry Department carried out their inspections and took some samples to be forwarded to the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF)."

He said he was worried because he was still paying for his property that was under mortgage.

"I am worried that before any advice comes back as to how to control (the wood-eating insects), the house will be in a terrible state, unworthy of human habitation and my payment would have been worthless after all this while," he said.

An official at the timber inspection section within the Forestry Department in the north, who wished not to be named, said they inspected the property.

The officer said samples were sent to the Biosecurity Authority laboratory in Suva for tests.

"Today we will be visiting the property again to get more samples for more tests," the officer said yesterday. No further comments could be obtained pending the outcome of tests in Suva.

Questions electronically mailed to BAF remained unanswered, and several attempts to contact spokeswoman Devika Narayan were unsuccessful.

Mr Chand fears that the insects could be termites.

Termites were first detected in the Northern Division in 2010, that later saw to the formation of a 25-member taskforce to control the termite infestation problem.

All infested properties then were successfully contained in the Basoga and Vunivau areas, until the recent detection at Boca in Bulileka.


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