MORE than a dozen Maryborough businesses riddled with West Indian termites will be shut down while a team of pest controllers attempt to eradicate the pests.
The bug is known as one of the world's most destructive.
An email seen by the Chronicle confirmed some businesses on Kent St, Bazaar St, and Wharf St would need to be closed for a few days in the next two months to allow for eradication.
Prominent heritage buildings including the Post Office, Customs House Hotel, Port Residence and Bond Store would also be closed.
The shutdown is likely to take place in stages, with the buildings closed one street at a time.
Karen Kruger owns Craft Cupboard on Bazaar St and she said the closure during leading into the Christmas period would hurt during one of her busiest times.
"I knew it had to get done," Ms Kruger said.
"You can see (the damage) marks."
While the closure will affect the embroidery and patchwork store, Ms Kruger remained optimistic.
"If they don't do anything about it they'll eventually eat the building down," she said.
Ms Kruger said she was aware of the termite problem when she moved into the store in May.
A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said the council was informed that a routine check by state government inspectors uncovered evidence of West Indian drywood termites in the Bond Sore, Customs House Residence and Heritage Centre.
This is the first evidence of the termites since the buildings were treated about 10 years ago and the State Government will cover the cost.
Labor candidate for Maryborough Bruce Saunders owns Scoops on Bazaar and he described the termites in the CBD as a "massive problem".