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BAF on termites watch

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, January 17, 2013

THE Biosecurity Authority of Fiji will continue to monitor termite infestation in the north and west.

BAF spokeswoman, Devika Narayan said they would create awareness and train communities members on preventative measures to protect their homes from infestation.

"For this year, we have a comprehensive plan for the control of termites for both the north and Lautoka, which includes a survey of infested areas, awareness programs and treatment," she said.

"Our team of termite specialists will be making regular visits to the north during the year."

Ms Narayan said Operation Kadivuka, which was launched in 2010, has progressed well over the past two years.

"During this period we have rehabilitated 20 infested schools and 865 homes spending more than $1.3million on the operation.

"In addition, we have continued with our awareness and training programs for the community on preventative measures.

"As we've said previously, however, Asian Subterranean Termites (AST) are here to stay along with eight other species of termites we have in Fiji."

AT A GLANCE

* Using properly treated timbers;

* Not removing and transporting wood materials, plants, furniture, personal belongings and soil from termite-infested areas;

* Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness around the compounds and inside the houses;

* Opening windows and curtains in the day to allow light and fresh air into the house;

* Inspecting homes, trees and compound thoroughly ; and

* Reporting any signs of Asian Subterranean Termite activity or infestation to nearest BAF Office.


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