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THE Canarian Government will have to stump up an estimated 10 million euros to help keep at bay the plague of fearsome termites, invading Tenerife in the North.

Hundreds of homes across Tacoronte are already infested, and the plague is now spreading to the neighbouring town of La Laguna.

There has even been talk of the termite’s appearance at an Arona commercial centre, probably transported via a delivery.

The €10m, to be spent over the next four years to rid the island of these pests, will be used by Gestión del Medio Rural (GMR), a public, bug-busting company, acknowledged by the Ministry of Regional Agriculture.

It has already proved its worth, having fought the plague of red palm weevil, which originated in tropical Asia. It was first recorded in Spain in 1994 and has since spread to Africa and Europe.

The plan of action to avoid further delay in banishing the termites from Tenerife is to get the agreements signed by the Canary Island Government, as well as Tenerife Cabildo.

This plan is necessary, because the laws prevent private contracting for an emergency elimination of these termites.

But the problem is a huge concern, and, for this reason, specialised companies have to be brought in.

Neighbours from Tacoronte, who are in a good, financial position, have already tried to get shot of these termites by contracting other companies, but to no avail.

And because of the lengthy process in obtaining public funding, precious time is lost and the problem is getting worse!

The Tenerife plague is close to the point of no return, because it has been noted that this type of termite, once settled, is here to stay.

There is no record of them being completely eradicated, once they have set up residency, which is why the millions of euros planned to be spent eliminating the bugs is acceptable.

But even if the problem is controlled, annual inspections will have to be carried out.

In America, from where the termites originate, annual checks are carried out, with up to two million dollars forked out each year, just to keep the bugs under control,

Termites have proved to be a terrible enemy, and full eradication has become an impossible task.

Milagros Fernández de Lezeta, from the National Association of Environmental Health, said: “The Reticulitermes flavipes, known as the subterranean eastern or the eastern termite, is one of the most harmful bugs on the planet, and the population is increasing rapidly across Tenerife.

“In less than 18 months, the infestation has become a real nightmare for thousands of people on the island.

“These particular termites make no noise, and leave no signs that they are about to take route. But people realise there is a problem, only when there is already enormous, irreparable damage caused by these bugs.”

Tenerife biologist David Hernandez is equally clear: “It is a serious issue, and even more so if we take into account that these termites can inhabit almost the entire island,” he stressed.

“That’s because they love water, and enjoy temperatures from four degrees upwards. They are a serious threat to the island’s historical heritage and the Laurel forests.”

Hernandez added: “These termites are wood destroyers, feeding on structural wood from buildings, as well as wood accessories, books, paper and cotton, and they have even been known to eat carrots and potatoes.

A mature colony can vary, from 20,000 to five million workers, and the main queen of the colony can produce 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per day.

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