Myths and facts about insects of Tomcat
Tomcat or Rove beetles insects are harmless to humans. It is not true Tomcat poison ten times harder than cobra venom. The media exaggerated the dangers of Tomcat. Myths and facts about insects of Tomcat
“It’s not acceptable logic, if the poison is said to Tomcat ten times harder than a cobra. Cobra venom into the blood of toxins while Tomcat is only in the skin, and even then if rubbed. If contact with skin redness only just, did not blister as reported by the media , “said Professor of Entomology (Insect Science) IPB Soemartono Sosromarsono to itoday (22/3).
According Soemartono, Tomcat toxins will not stick in the human skin when the body is not damaged or broken Tomcat. “Poison Tomcat Tomcat would exit if the body is squeezed or squashed. When squashed, the body breaks Tomcat so that the toxins out. I have often held, the evidence is not nothing,” said Soemartono.
Soemartono advise people not to panic with the issue of danger Tomcat. If you find a Tomcat, can use a plastic bag or a clamp, then insert the detergent water. “Generally the insect’s body is oily, if inserted in detergent water immediately sink. Pressed (squeeze), because the poison it will come out,” explained Soemartono. Myths and facts about insects of Tomcat
Soemartono further explained, Tomcat does not need to be destroyed unnecessarily, as this insect became a pest predator, one of planthopper pests. Tomcat is like leafhoppers, leafhoppers and even eggs are also eaten.
The existence of Tomcat, according Soemartono, can be found all over Indonesia. Tomcat deployment include Australia, Europe and Asia, especially in humid areas. In terms of development, Tomcat thrive in all seasons.
“If it is said in Surabaya Tomcat attack fairly evenly, it is because rice fields are being harvested, so the insect is moving. Tomcat attracted to light. Tomcat attacked the house because it places his life in the fields disturbed,” said Soemartono.
Based on existing literature, Tomcat has a scientific name Paederus fuscipes. According to entomologist Hoven, who studied insects in Indonesia in 1950, Tomcat deployment in large numbers occurred in 1908 and 1915.
“So the attack is not a new occurrence Tomcat. I do not agree when this is said to be due to environmental damage. This is because Tomcat environment in the fields affected. In Indonesia, this kind of insect it is very important, because a plant pest predators,” said Soemartono. Myths and facts about insects of Tomcat