It seems the forts and castles of Oman have been receiving some unwelcome invaders – termites.
An infestation of the pests will force 18 forts and castles across the country to shut down so exterminator teams can get rid of the insects, which are trying to take a bite out of our heritage. Termites – which have an estimated 4,000 species – chomp their way through wood and can cause serious structural damage to buildings, as well as crops and forests.
Oman is now fighting back with pest controls being called in to protect our historic sites.
All monuments will welcome visitors once again when the work is done. Worry not, for each fort and castle will only be closed for a day, allowing you to fill your plate of cultural knowledge, minus the side of termites.