Earwig cultured as terminator to Brontispa
By Ninfa B Quirante
Calbayog City (June 4) (4 June) -- Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) 8 has now established an earwig laboratory in Calbayog City to propagate earwigs (aka sipit-sipit) to 'liquidate' brontispa.
The earwig hailed as terminator by PCA technocrats will spell limited life and destructibility to the dreaded brontispa threatening to kill the coconut industry.
In yesterday's blessing of the new earwig lab in Barangay Trinidad, Calbayog City, Provincial Coconut Development Manager (PCDM) in Eastern Samar, Dory Pajanustan told PIA why the earwig is branded as 'terminator'.
Earwigs are local natural predators of the larvae of brontispa.
Tacloban City (4 June) -- Brontispa (longissima gestro) is an invasive pest that threatens the Eastern Visayas coconut industry.
This insect which causes great damage young spears and fronds of the coconut is believed to have come from a SouthEast Asian country and has entered the regions via the Nautical Highway that spew thousands of passengers daily.
Earlier, treatment included injecting chemicals to infected coconut.
Today, said PCA Regional Manager Nierva, the battle will be biological.
The earwig lab in Calbayog (funded by Samar Coco) will propagate earwigs and deploy the insects to coconut plantations.
Earwigs can also be found in banana plants, said Samar PCDM Emiberto Acasio so that he advised coconut farmers to plant bananas near their coconuts as a natural way of combating brontispa.
As shown to PIA, earwigs are twice the size of brontispa and because of its black color is likened to a 'knight in shining armor' by PCA. (PIA-Samar) [top]