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Take heed of emergency declaration: BAF

October 20, 2015 6:47 pm

People living in termite infested areas of Lautoka and Labasa have been advised to take heed of the emergency declaration.

This is the termite swarming season when the pests grow wings and increase the infestation risks for other areas.

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji executive chair Xavier Riyaz Khan says out of nine hundred houses infested with termites, more than four hundred have been treated.

“Biosecurity Authority of Fiji has continued their surveillance work and there has been surveillance work also in North, basically in the infested areas. There is a team who is responsible for the whole treatment and surveillance and to the ground we have recruited more people who are working in the area of termite.”

Infested areas in Lautoka include Tomuka, Kashmir, Field 40, Naikabula, Saru and parts of Waiyavi.

Khan says surveillance continues and the emergency declaration bans the movement of plant products, furniture, timber or any household item infested with termites.

People in the vicinity of termite affected areas are urged to close all windows and doors from 5.30pm until 8pm and light small fires to attract Termites.