LAUTOKA residents have been advised to turn off all lights and light small fires under controlled conditions to prevent swarms of termites from invading residences in the Sugar City.
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki gave the advice after swarms of termites reportedly invaded Lautoka City and its suburbs on Monday.
"Termites have a life cycle where they fly around for a maximum of two hours before and after dusk," he said.
"Therefore, it is important not to panic when termites do fly around and it is critical that residents take the necessary precautionary measures.
"It is best to light fires outside so that termites don't enter your home but it is also vitally important that any fire that is lit is done in a controlled environment.
"If people are unable to light fires, it is best to switch off all the lights in your home and close all windows and doors."
Termite infestation of homes, schools and buildings cost the country millions of dollars.
By the end of 2011, a total of 865 termite-infested houses and all 20 termite-damaged schools were rehabilitated by Operation Kadivuka, a program established to control the spread of termite infestation.