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Turn off the lights

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, October 14, 2012

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji is renewing its call to residents affected by termite infestation to remain calm when they see the insects.

The advice comes in light of a growing concern by residents in Lautoka who have witnessed the termites swarming at the night.

The authority advised residents not to get alarmed if they see termites swarming near their homes and is asking them to take precautionary measures to stop the swarm from entering and forming new colonies in their homes.

BAF confirmed that the most affected termite areas in Lautoka are Tomuka, Kashmir, Field 40, Naikabula, Saru and parts of Waiyavi.

BAF requested people to close all windows and doors from 6.30pm to 8pm and light small fires in a controlled area outside their homes.

People have also been advised to switch off all lights outside their homes and use minimal lighting inside.

BAF Chief Executive Elvis Silvestrini explained that termite swarming was common during this time of the year as it was part of the termite life cycle when they developed wings and flew to other areas to start new colonies.

Mr Silvestrini said the sight of swarming termites outside or inside homes could be very alarming but people should not panic.

"We are advising residents to take precautionary measures to stop the termites entering their homes and forming new colonies there. Once termites enter the homes they are likely to shed their wings and form new colonies which will be very destructive for the home owners," he said.

"The termites are attracted to lights that is why we are asking people to switch off their lights from 6.30pm to 8pm. We are also asking residents to light small fires in a controlled area outside their homes so the termites get attracted to it and burn themselves in the fire."

Mr Silvestrini requested the public to act responsibly during this period and assist BAF to contain and control the termites.