MAF to Set Bait for Termites

16 November 1999

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will today begin a response programme aimed at eradicating subterranean termites from a number of properties in Otorohanga, south of Hamilton.

Subterranean termites are a native Australian pest not currently established in New Zealand. The original source of the infestation is thought to be hardwood power poles imported from Australia, erected in the late 1950s.

The termites were first reported in 1990, when tenants reported winged insects emerging from a doorjamb to the local district council offices. Responses carried out by the former Ministry of Forestry in 1990, 1994 and 1998 failed to eradicate the infestation. Up to July this year, the termites have still been active in the area.

A delimiting survey carried out in March this year found termite activity on nine properties in a concentrated area of 1.2 to 1.4 hectares. In the nine years since the infestation was first noted, no new areas of infestation have been confirmed within the Otorohanga district.

Last week, MAF oversaw the removal and disposal of three power poles.

The next stage of the response is the placement of bait stations at seven selected properties. The residents of the properties have been notified individually by MAF.

Bait station placement will involve the inspection of the properties for termites, installing the bait stations, and on-going monthly monitoring. A team of four technicians will be responsible for the initial placement of the bait stations.


Debbie Gee, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Director Communications 04 474 4258

Mark Ross, MAF Biosecurity Authority, National Adviser Forest Pest Surveillance and Response, Ph 025 248 3296

Dr Ruth Frampton, MAF Biosecurity Authority, Director Forest Biosecurity, Ph 04 498 9639 or 025 350 801



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