100,000 wasps are to be released in Pattaya over the coming month in an attempt to control a maggot infestation.

The maggots are a serious threat to the coconut tree crop in the Banglamung district.

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30,000 have already been released into the wild on the 5th of May.

The black-headed coconut maggot is the larvae of a beetle known as red palm weevil, Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil. It feeds on banana, sugar cane, squash fruit, apple and palm crown.

The infestation of the pest can result in yellowing and wilting of palms, that may lead to the death of the affected plant, causing devastation to the affected crops.

Farmers have been given instructions on how to prevent the spread of the pest, which is rife in Chonburi at present. They were also shown how to release the wasps, which feed on the maggots.

Source : Thaivisa

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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