No flea circus here, termites yes
MASSIVE sheets were draped over Woodstock House in Maryborough this week so the building could be rid of destructive West Indian termites.
It may look like a circus tent but there won’t be any entertainment on offer until at least Saturday.
Woodstock House’s business occupants, Mary Delicious and Taylor Made hairdresser, have been forced into holiday mode until the fumigation is complete.
Mary Delicious co-owner Judi Ellis said the government had stepped in to control the pests after the building’s owners found evidence of the termite last year.
“I saw the owner walk out with a container and she said she’d found termites,” Ms Ellis said.
“I think the building has been treated before.
“They started gassing on Monday and I don’t think we’ll get back into the place until Saturday.”
Mary Delicious stocks a large range of lollies and fudge but the gas will not contaminate the products.
The pest control company contracted to do the job is using sulfuryl fluoride.
“The gas they are using has no residue and is not dangerous – we checked it all out beforehand,” Ms Ellis said.
“A lot of our stock is sealed or in jars so they will be OK, but we did have to take the fudge home.”
The business owners who were forced to shut up shop will be compensated by the government for their loss of income.
“The last week of the school holidays is usually a busy time of year so it is hard on trade,” Ms Ellis said.
“But hopefully we’ll be back in business on Saturday ready for the Australia Day long weekend.”