Armyworms: Cause of starvation!!!

Several species of armyworms can be found in the Midwest every year. However, the armyworm_larvae_feeding development of economically damaging populations depends on a number of factors such as; cropping practices, insect migration patterns, parasites and predators, weather conditions, etc. For example, several weeks of cool wet weather in the spring favor armyworm development and reduce the normal activity of parasites and predators, thus influencing the growth of armyworm populations.

Infestations usually first develop in fields of small grains or in other grass cover crops. In conventional tillage systems, partially-grown larvae can migrate into corn fields from grassy waterways or wheat fields. Damage is usually first noticeable around the field margins adjacent to these areas. The imagesname armyworm derives from its behavior of migrating in large numbers into fields similar to invading armies. In no-till or reduced tillage systems, infestation may cover the entire field. In these systems, eggs may be laid on grasses within the field prior to planting and herbicides may force armyworms to feed on corn as the weeds or cover crop dies. Cool, wet, spring weather usually favors armyworm development.

One of main target crop of army worm is corn. Armyworm feeding gives corn a ragged appearance, with defoliation occurring from the leaf edge toward the midrib. Damage may be so extensive that most of the plant, except leaf midribs and the stalk, is consumed. Such a highly damaged plant may recover, however, if the growing point has not been destroyed. It is regarded as a pest and can wreak havoc with crops if left to multiply. Its name is derived from its feeding habits. They will eat everything in an area and once the food supply is exhausted the entire “army” will move to the next available food source.

The larvae feed primarily on grain crops and grasses, attacking other plants only when download (1)preferred foods are not available. Infestations usually develop in grass pastures, fence rows, roadsides and in small grain fields where crops have lodged or are matted against the ground. Once the larvae have consumed the readily available food, or small grains mature, they move into other crops, most notably corn. This usually happens during May and early June. An exception to this pattern may develop in no-till corn fields where cover crops are used, or in corn fields with many grassy-type weeds. Armyworm moths are attracted to the grasses in these fields for oviposition. When the larvae hatch in these fields, they can immediately cause damage throughout the field. This is in contrast to their appearance along the edges of tilled corn fields.

Some species of army worms like the African armyworm Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), also called okalombo or Kommandowurm or nutgrass armyworm are highly dangerous. It is a very deleterious pest, capable of destroying entire crops in a matter of weeks. The larvae feed on all types of grasses early stages of cereal crops (e.g., corn, wheat, coconut etc.) The armyworm gets its name from its habit of “marching” in large numbers from grasslands into crops. They tend to occur at very high densities during the rainy season, especially after periods of prolonged drought.

These vile species are known for their ability to cause large scale destructions. Recently, it was reported that outbreak of armyworms in South Africa may lead to starvation condition. Let’s take a look at the article in detail;

 

Crop-eating pests plague southern African farmers

Army worms can destroy entire crops in a matter of weeks

HARARE/JOHANNESBURG, 7 February 2014 (IRIN) – The rainy season, always welcome in often dry southern Africa, has brought with it favourable breeding conditions for army worms and red locusts. The crop-eating pests are contributing to the woes of subsistence farmers already struggling to recover from setbacks in the last farming cycle. 

In Zimbabwe, where the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 2.2 million people now require food assistance, more than 800 hectares of cereal grain crops and 300 hectares of pasture have been destroyed by outbreaks of army worms.

Godfrey Chikwenhere, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Specialist Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, told IRIN that the damage caused by the army worms, which are in fact moth larvae, was significant and would impact the food security of households in the affected areas.

He said the army worm originated in East Africa and the Horn of Africa. Between October and November, moist winds carried the moths into Zimbabwe and deposited them in northern Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central Province, from where they spread across the country. A similar pattern of movement occurred in  2013

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“Some crops were completely destroyed, forcing some farmers to replant when we are way into the farming season, and this will result in reduced yields,” Chikwenhere said. “The effect will also be felt among livestock producers because of the destruction of pastures, especially in the cattle-producing provinces of Matabeleland North and South.”

Spraying pesticides to destroy the caterpillars could only be done on crops because the spraying of pastures and game parks could expose animals to toxic chemicals, he noted. As a result, the army worms had been able to reproduce unhindered in some areas.

Although his department initially had adequate supplies of carbaryl – the chemical used to contain the pest – Chikwenhere said stocks were running out fast and there was a shortage of vehicles to monitor outbreaks and distribute the pesticide.

“Because of the almost daily high rainfall being recorded in many parts of the country, some farmers are having to respray, as the rains dilute the effect of the chemical,” he added.

Recent torrential rains and flooding in several of Zimbabwe’s southern provinces have destroyed crops as well as homes and infrastructure, according to local news report

In its monthly report for January, Chikwenhere’s department predicted that: “Fresh outbreaks emanating from secondary generation army worm are likely to hit most parts of the country up to May 2014, if current weather conditions persist.”

He said there was a need to train farmers on prevention and early reporting. “A lot of our farmers are well versed on spraying pests… but they need to be trained on how to identify army worm at an early stage, so that intervention mechanisms are implemented before any damage is done.”

Malawi

Army worm outbreaks have also been reported in Mozambique, eastern Zambia and Malawi, where 2,600 hectares of crops were affected, over 500 hectares of which were totally destroyed according to reports from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Food shortages in Malawi are already afflicting 1.85 million people, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC). Now the country is also experiencing outbreaks of red locusts, mainly around Lake Chiuta and Lake Chilwa near the border with Mozambique in the southeast.

A January migratory pest report by the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA) notes that the locusts bred in January and their eggs have now produced hoppers.

“Hoppers will fledge and adults are expected to appear in March/April,” reads the report. “These swarms, if not controlled, will migrate and threaten food security in most countries in the region.”

Strong steps have to be adopted to prevent such precarious outcomes. The crops can be protected from the attack of army worms by using the solution provided by C Tech Corporation.

Termirepel™, a product of C Tech Corporation is an ideal solution to combat the pest problem as it is extremely low toxic in nature, works effectively and efficiently against the pests and have very low environmental implications. It works on the mechanism of repellence and does not harm target or non-target species. In masterbatch form it can be incorporated in agriculture films, mulches, tarpaulins to protect the crops from the vile pests. It can also be incorporated in storage bags to protect the produce. In coating form in can be coated near the storage areas to make them pests free. It is high time that we adopt the use of safe measures to fight the problem of pests.

 

Termites- A Homeowner’s worst nightmare!

u5Everyone dreams of buying and owning their own house. We spend years dreaming about and saving for a home where we can raise a family, and come home to after a hard day at work. No doubt, it’s a huge responsibility, but it is one which we are more than ready to take. It’s like a dream come true when we finally start living in our own house, a result of our hard work and years of planning. And once we’re in our dream home, we don’t want to have to worry about that dream being reduced to dust. However, one teeny, tiny insect that has the ability to cause many a sleepless night is the termite. Nothing strikes fear into a homeowner’s heart quite like termites.

Termites are the cause of billions of dollars in damages each year. According to the National Pest Management Association, about $5 billion dollars a year is caused by termite damage in the U.S. alone. Termite damage is not only expensive but it’s also difficult to fix. They can chew holes in our furniture, support beams, all studs and floor joints, and also do damage to our foundation. What’s worse is quite often we don’t even know they’re there, until the damage has already been done. Known as “silent destroyers,” termites often do their damage from the inside out. Some signs of termites include cracked paint on wood surfaces, sawdust piles, hollow-sounding wood, discarded wings, and mud tubes leading to the foundation of our home. Because these signs are so subtle, it can be really hard to identify a termite problem before it becomes a full blown termite infestation. Termites move in looking for food and because our home is built out of their food source, it’s a gold mine for them!

Termites have been around for a very long time and are one of the most successful and prolific termite-damagespecies on the planet. Worldwide, the destructive insects cause roughly $40 billion a year in damages to homes and other wooden structures! Termites are active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, silently feeding on the cellulose found in our wooden articles. Termites are present in 70% of countries across the world and outnumber humans 10 to 1! And the worst part? Most pest infestations and accompanying damage are considered maintenance issues by insurance carriers. In other words, the insurance company’s position is that you could have prevented the mishap by eradicating the pesky bugs before they ate you out of home! Thus the poor homeowner has to pay for all the repairs. Considering the population of termites today, and the extent of damage they cause, a homeowner may well be on his way to bankruptcy!

The below article, published on an incident on termite damage would highlight the graveness of this issue.

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Termites chewing up Kitchener’s Laurentian Hills neighbourhood

Posted: Aug 12, 2014

Residents in Kitchener’s Laurentian Hills area are battling a termite colony that has taken up residence in their back yards and are asking for the city’s help to battle the bugs.

The termites are chewing apart trees, sheds, fences and even people’s homes. 

“It’s something that will eventually spread to the rest of the city if it isn’t addressed in the near future,” said Stephen Dewar, whose house is affected by termites. 

On Monday, he asked city councillors to help him and his neighbours fight the invasion.

“Right now it’s contained to a city block, so it hasn’t crossed the road yet. All the houses that are affected either about each other or back on to each other,” said Dewar. 

The infestation in Laurentian Hills is confined to one block of 23 homes, essentially a rectangular island of homes on Briargate Drive and Greenock Drive. In that block, 20 homes were infected and seven of those homes have already been treated for termites.  

Dewar said he discovered the infestation in the spring, after the city inspector found termite evidence on his property. At the time, he learned that some of his neighbours had known about termites in the area for as long as three years. 

Dewar said there is a bylaw that requires him to have his property treated by a professional exterminator within 30 days or he will face a fine from the city. 

“They basically told us it’s the homeowner’s responsibility,” he said. 

But Dewar said the exterminators he approached told him they could only use chemicals that work as repellents to try to keep the termites out of his house. The exterminators wouldn’t be able to kill the colony, because the chemicals that can be legally used in Ontario won’t kill the insects. 

“So the problem isn’t going to go away, and in fact it’s likely to spread to the rest of the city,” said Dewar. 

Dewar said it would cost between $2,000 to $5,000 to treat the outside of his property, and from $5,000 to $8,000 – or more – to treat the inside of his property. The treatment is only good for one year, he said. 

Dewar has asked city staff to look into new ways to get rid of the termite colony, not to enforce the bylaw and to offer financial help to people in the Laurentian Hills who are dealing with the termites. 

Council on Monday decided to continue enforcing the bylaw, but will consider offering financial assistance to the homeowners.

“We have to look holistically, though, not just at this issue but at rats and the infestation of emerald ash borer, other potential infestations as well,” said Coun. Dan Glenn-Graham.

“We can’t afford to support this kind of long-term funding,” he told council. 

“Because if we were to do it for some, we have to be willing to do it for all.”

dry-rot1-1024x768Although many people think termites have only negative impacts, in nature they make many positive contributions to the world’s ecosystems. Their greatest contribution is the role they play in recycling wood and plant material. Their tunneling efforts also help to ensure that soils remain porous, contain nutrients, and are healthy enough to support plant growth. Thus, what we need to look for is an answer which would help solve the problem of termite infestation, while at the same time not harming the termites in any way. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? C Tech Corporation provides precisely that!

One of the three niche products offered by C Tech Corporation- Termirepel™ is a non-toxic and non-hazardous insect repellent, especially designed for protection against termites. Since we aim at providing solutions which would have least impact on the species, Termirepel™ only repels the insect species from the application; it does not kill them or harm them in any way. Being a broad spectrum aversive, this product works against almost 500 species of unwanted pests and insects. The best feature of this product is that it is completely environment friendly, i.e. Termirepel™ is not only safe for the target species; it is completely safe for the humans and environment too! This product is available in masterbatch, lacquer form and as a liquid solution. In lacquer form, Termirepel™ can be coated on the surfaces in the attic or other such places which could successfully keep the pesky bugs at bay

Although we may never be completely rid of these damaging termites, but with proper safe preventive measures, such as using Termirepel™ for protecting our surfaces, we may be able to limit our exposure to their predations.

Battling termite menace in Australia- The non-toxic way!

images (4)Termites are one of the tiniest yet dangerous creatures one can ever come across. They resemble ants in many ways but are distinctly different from them. Probably the most obvious difference is that ants have a waist whilst the termites don’t. The ants antennae is elbowed whilst the termites is beaded. Termites are blind having no eyes, whilst the ant does have eyes.  Although various species of termites are found in abundance in all parts of the world, Australia by and far is home to some of the most aggressive species of termites ever known! According to the Australian Termite Research Center there are more than 350 species of termites in Australia and less than 10 species cause 99% of the damage by attacking wood.

Termites damage homes and other wooden construction by eating the seasoned timber found in houses. Most prefer leaf litter and dead grass, others prefer the damp, rotting wood inside trees and logs. Many home owners are also unaware that home insurance typically does not cover this type of damage which can often amount to tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

There are various types and species of termites found in Australia, images (2)the most significant amongst them and the most damaging are subterranean termites. They live and nest in the soil (sometimes inside a tree or log) but they almost always come from the soil to get into our buildings. Mound building termites are of course, subterranean. All subterranean termites obtain their necessary constant source of moisture from the soil. Subterranean Termites are very efficient in concealing their presence. They consume timbers from the inside out, leaving a paper-thin veneer of timber or timber product which is virtually undetectable until something gives way. Thus they are extremely dangerous. This is a defensive behavior which protects the colony of basically blind subterranean termites from natural predators. It also assists in controlling the high humidity of their living environment.

Then there are arboreal termites. These are the ones that build a big nest up in the branch area of a tree. They build tunnels down the outside of the tree and sometimes down the inside decaying ‘pipe’ to get to their moisture source. They will eat grass, leaf litter and rotting heartwood and are seldom interested in the seasoned wood of houses.

images (1)Drywood termites usually live in more tropical regions and they absorb their (lower) moisture requirements from the tropical humidity in the atmosphere. Drywood termites live within the timber and they kick out their dry faeces through small holes in the wood they are eating. Detecting little (less than 1mm) pellets on horizontal surfaces below the activity is the usual give away.

In addition to wood, termites can damage plaster, board, carpet, plastic, books, artwork, clothes, and electrical insulation and fit out timbers. Some building sites pose a greater risk of termite attack than others. High risk sites include:

  • large and established sources of termite food and nesting near the site – e.g. bush land
  • permanently damp ground increases the ability of termites to attack – i.e. they can more readily build mud tunnels from the ground into the house
  • when building right up to the boundary, inspections may not be possible from the neighbor’s property, thus increasing the risk of hidden attack
  • When adding house extensions, problems such as barrier continuity, subfloor ventilation and subfloor access may increase the risk of attack.

Let us look at the below news article;

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Termites force demolition of lakeside house

Posted 9 October 2012, 6:47 AEST

A Council owned, termite infested house is to be knocked down at Lake Macquarie.

Until recently tenants were living in the lakeside home at Toronto.

But Council staff say the property is in disrepair and not suitable for living in.

Councillors last night resolved to demolish the house which was bought by the Council in the 1960s.

Mayor Jodie Harrison says it is an unfortunate situation.

“Unfortunately it’s one of those things, sometimes council does have properties that have not been maintained as well as they could and termites are termites,” she said.

The site will be used for tourism and recreation once the home is knocked down.

Councillor Harrison says its future use is being determined.

“That space is zoned tourism and recreation.

“Whatever Council puts on that land if in fact it does put anything on that land it will be consistent with that usage for tourism and recreation.

“We don’t know what’s quite going on there at the moment but it will be available for those tourism and recreation uses in the future.”

Termites can bring a house down quite literally! Archicentre show a report that says the annual termite damage bill to homes is about $1billion in Australia. Also according to a report released by an Australian Agency Subterranean termites have been eating away millions of dollars worth of Australian Homes every year and in the last 5 years termites have caused damage to over 650,000 residential homes throughout Australia. The repair costs to homeowners exceed $140 million a year and this is just for structural repairs, not the cost of getting rid of the termites.

Now taking into account the extent of damage these creatures are causing us we have to find a fool proof and effective way of dealing with them. In this context the following becomes important;

Termites are basically blind. As termites are blind, they have to find their way by senses other than sight. They possess a sense of smell sufficient for them to distinguish between odors which are acceptable and which repel them. Termites of the same species communicate with each other in a primitive manner by laying scent trails, which attract other termites to follow along the same trail. These secretions are known as pheromones and there is no doubt that this trail laying substances play an important part in the activity organization of the colony. This unique way of communicating amongst themselves can be the potential way of dealing with them.

C Tech Corporation has designed a new coming of age revolutionary product Termirepel™. Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and eco-friendly polymer additive which works on a unique mechanism of repellence. It works at effectively creating a repellent response within the termite species against the application in which Termirepel™ has been incorporated and used. This response is temporary and does not kill the termite colony. This is a very important aspect as every species has a role to play in the ecological cycle. Termirepel™ is also available in the form of liquid concentrate as well as lacquer that can be applied on the wooden floorings and other wooden construction in the houses. What is most important is that Termirepel™ is well equipped to handle even the most aggressive species of Australian termites!

Termirepel™ is just what Australia needs to effectively deal with its age old termite menace!

Lovebugs- Not so loving!

lovebugs0529lcAs you drive down the highways of humid areas such as southern United States, you may encounter a nuisance in the form of splattered insects on your windshield, hood, and radiator grill. These insects on your automobile are called lovebugs or honeymoon flies, a fitting name due to their unique mating flights. The lovebug is a species of fly that happens to flutter about as a male and female attached together. This species’ reputation as a public nuisance is not due to any bite or sting. These bugs, when on the move, collide with vehicles, blurring windshields and clogging radiators and leave behind a sticky white substance that can ruin the paint on the automobiles.

These insects tend to swarm around roadsides, and carelessly drift into the path of oncoming traffic. The result? Drivers with bug-coated windshields find it difficult to see which poses a serious threat of accidents. Because lovebugs can exist in enormous numbers near highways, they die in large numbers on automobile windshields, hoods, and radiator grills when the vehicles travel at high speeds. If left for more than an hour or two, the remains become extremely difficult to remove. The acidity of the dead adult body, especially the female’s egg masses, often results in pits and etches in automotive paint and chrome if not quickly removed. Moreover, another great concern for drivers is excessive clogging of vehicle radiator air passages with the bodies of the adults, as a result of which there is a reduction of the cooling effect on engines, and obstruction of windshields when the remains of the adults and egg masses are smeared on the glass.

Tests have shown that lovebugs are attractedCar_LoveBugs1 to automobile exhaust that has been irradiated with UV light. It has been proposed that the chemicals in car exhaust, i.e. aldehydes and formaldehydes, are similar to the chemicals released by decaying organic matter. Besides that, the heat radiating off asphalt is also an attractant for these insects. Roads are warm and have accumulated an abundance of automobile exhaust, mimicking areas that are appropriate for lovebugs to lay their eggs. The females are full of about 350 fertilized eggs when they hit a windshield which leads to the white sticky mess that causes so much anguish. This white mess is actually the eggs and the fatty tissue around the eggs that hardens quickly in the hot sun.

The article given below about these pesky insects will further highlight the situation.

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Love bugs leave their mark on cars

By Amanda Thomas 

Published: October 1, 2005

bildeLove is in the air as swarms of love bugs leave their mark on windshields across South Alabama this season.

Thanks apparently to a wet summer punctuated by hurricane rains, hundreds of these copulating bugs — flies, actually — are congregating at intersections, traffic lights, filling stations and truck stops. Whole gas pumps are turned black with them.

“They’re the worst this year than they’ve ever been,” said John Hadley, 59, an employee at a BP station near Perdido.

Entomologists who track these insects say they do not bite, damage crops or pose an environmental hazard.

But they are a nuisance, turning out in large numbers in two mating flights a year, most of them taking place during April to May and August to September.

Love bugs, which are attracted to warm car hoods, hot engine and exhaust fumes, can reduce visibility through windshields or cause a car to overheat, according to the University of Florida Entomology Department Web site. If they remain in place on a car’s finish for one or two days, bacterial action causes them to become so acidic that they can etch car paint.

Alvin Diamond, an instructor of ecology at Troy University, said the love bugs die shortly after they mate and the female lays her eggs.

But until they’re gone, little love is being lost by those being bugged in South Alabama.

At the BP station near Perdido, Tyrone Thomas of Biloxi, dthMiss., cleaned them by the score from the windshield of his SUV. He said he had never seen as many as this season.

“It was really bad in Biloxi,” said Thomas. “They were so thick it was like driving though a rain storm.”

Hadley, the BP employees, was outside filling up buckets with water and windshield washer solution. He said they could hardly keep them full.

Lovebugs, while being a nuisance after their death, are actually beneficial when alive. The larvae of these insects eat leaves, grass roots, etc. and are good at breaking down organic matter. These insects consume the detritus that surrounds them, thereby rejuvenating the earth. Since these insects are vital for our ecosystem, it is of extreme importance to find a safe and non-toxic solution for the lovebug problem which would keep these insects at bay while not causing any harm to these beneficial insects.

At C Tech Corporation, we offer a safe and foolproof solution to deal with these annoying pests. Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. It is a broad spectrum repellent which works against almost 500 species of pestering bugs thus efficaciously fending them away from the application. The most unique feature of this product is that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to the target species as well as humans and the environment. Our product is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, and as a liquid solution. To repel any insect, this product can be coated on the automobiles in lacquer form or diluted with a base solvent. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off lovebugs and any other insect that could prove to be a nuisance to drivers and motorists. Thus, using Termirepel™ would effectively ensure that our roads remain safe for anyone who wishes to use the roadways!

The tree of life in danger!

img051813_04In Sanskrit, coconut trees are referred to as “Kalpa Vriksha” which means, “The tree that gives all that is necessary for life.” This is no exaggeration, because they have been an important source of food, clothing and shelter since time immemorial. However, our beloved coconut tree is fighting for its own life, and along with it, the lives of thousands of people whose livelihood depends on it. Cocolisap (Aspidiotus destructor rigidus) is a small plant parasite that may cause the demise of our trees, if not given proper cure and care. Based on a report by The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, around 2.1 million coconut trees are now in various stages of infestation by this pest!

Cocolisap feeds on the leaves of young palms and on the surface of fruits that result in the yellowing and wilting of leaves, till the entire coconut tree dies. It prevents photosynthesis, causing premature nut fall and low productivity. The cocolisap attacks the coconut tree by eating the leaves, fruits, and flowers until only the trunk is left. The insect feeds on the sap of the tree and injects toxic enzymes, resulting in discolored leaves and deformed plant tissues that retard the growth of the coconut tree. By this time, the tree is beyond resuscitation, and would be worth only the salvaged coco-lumber. Wind or the transport of infested coconuts can spread cocolisap. Although coconut is the preferred host, cocolisap also attacks fruit trees such as mangosteen, lanzones, etc.

Since 2010, when the first signs of infestation by coconut scale Coco-lisap1insects or cocolisap appeared, nothing much had been achieved to control the spread of the destructive pest. Recently, the government acknowledged the severity of the problem when it declared a state of calamity in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) zone and Basilan. Approximately one million trees are said to be at risk valued at $ 760 million! The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reports that annual production of coconut dropped by 3.3 % – from 15.86 million MT in 2012 to 15.34 million MT last year. The local coconut industry has already lost at least $ 4.6 million because of the massive infestation and the losses are mounting as each day passes. By mid-2014, the cocolisap situation reached outbreak proportions affecting more than 60% of the total coconut production in affected areas!

This issue can be better understood by reading the following article,

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Cocolisap damage in Basilan reaches P18M

 June 16, 2014

By Noel Tarrazona

 ZAMBOANGA CITY: Close to 1,000 coconut farmer owners and workers in Isabela City in Basilan have suffered income losses after 107,356 coconut trees and coconut seedlings were reportedly damaged caused by cocolisap, a swarm of coconut scale insects that often attack coconut trees during dry spell period.

 Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Provincial Development Manager Efren Carba told The Manila Times that the damage cost of different plantations have already reached an estimate of P 18 million and if left unattended this will certainly have an adverse economic effect not only to the coconut farm stakeholders but also those workers in the oil milling industry.

 Carba said his office also received reports that other trees like lansones, banana and papaya were also affected by the swarm of scale pest

s in Isabela.

 PCA earlier requested its research office from Davao to address the growing damage in Basilan and a team introduced bio control measures like the introduction of parasite beetles which can terminate the pests by eating them. The bio control seems to be of little effect since more coconut trees were reportedly damaged.

 Carba further recommended the continuous pruning and burning of infested parts of coconut trees to minimize the extent of damage.

 In Zamboanga City, particularly in Barangay Sinunuc, a group of farmers reported yellowish coconut trees that were showing symptoms of the presence of scale insect pests. Carba immediately sent a team of specialists to the area but reported a false alarm. The yellowish symptoms of coconut were caused by worm-insects which are more manageable and less destructive.

 Carba further appealed to the Quarantine 

Office of the Department of Agriculture in Zamboanga to quarantine all coco products coming from Basilan and these include coco seedling and coconut shells.

 “We should be watchful and vigilant so these pests will not infest our coconut trees here in Zamboanga,” Carba added.

 The PCA reported that 18 villages have already confirmed the presence of these scale pests in Isabela City in Basilan. Isabela has 45 barangays and 33 of these barangays are with huge coconut plantations.

ryThe Philippines has about 3.5 million coconut farmers and 26% of the total agricultural land is devoted to coconut farming alone! This highlights the severity of the situation and the need to find a solution for the problem before this pest threatens to wipe out our coconut trees. Until now, quick and toxic methods had been used to combat cocolisap infestation. However, the conventional method that includes spraying and injecting the coconut trunk with neonicotinoids, have proven to be lethal to the environment and the people. Thus, we are in dire need of a solution that helps protect the coconut trees from damage, while at the same time does not harm the environment in any way.

At C Tech Corporation, we offer a safe and foolproof solution to deal with these destructive pests. Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous product that primarily repels insects from the application. It is a broad spectrum repellent which works against almost 500 species of pestering bugs thus efficaciously fending them away from the application. The best feature of this product is that it is environmentally safe and causes no harm to the insect as well as humans and the environment. It is available in masterbatch and lacquer form, and as a liquid solution. To keep these insects at bay, this product can be coated on trunks of the coconut and palm trees in lacquer form. The repelling mechanism of the product would ward off the cocolisap and any other insect that could harm our coconuts. Thus, using Termirepel™ would effectively ensure that our future generations do not have to live without our cherished coconut trees!