Giant mealybug attack spreads to adjacent areas

Colonies of the white foreign unarmored scale insect had been seen developing on several trees on the Dhaka University campus, Government Laboratory School, Eden College and Azimpur Staff quarters

  • Giant Mealybug

The infestation of a foreign pest, known as the Giant Mealybug, held responsible for a recent temporary halt in academic activities at the College of Home Economics campus, has spread to different parts of the capital within a short period.

Colonies of the white foreign unarmored scale insect had been seen developing on several trees on the Dhaka University campus, Government Laboratory School, Eden College and Azimpur Staff quarters.

The foreign insects are mostly seen in the trees of DU’s Institute of Education and Research (IER) areas, Molchattar, Muhsin hall and Government Laboratory school premises.

While visited the affected spots, it was found that many of the trees in the campus were suffering from the mealybug infestation.

These insects can cause skin rash and itching to children studying in our school. Steps to eradicate the infestation have become an urgent issue,” a teacher of Government Laboratory School said while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.

When asked, DU Assistant Proctor Robiul Islam said: “The university authority will talk with the respective experts on stopping the infestation and reproduction of the insect in the campus.”

He, however, mentioned that the Dhaka City Corporation Authority had been asked to spray water on affected trees as per a directive of the Education Minster.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Plant Protection Wing of Department of Agricultural Extension formed two separate committees with specialist and entomologist to find a solution on the infestations.

Plant Protection Wing Director ABM Abduz Zaher told the Dhaka Tribune: “We are aware of the issue and the agricultural ministry had formed a committee with three entomologists who have already begun their work at the Home Economics College.

“We also formed a 5 member committee,” he added.

“If anyone from any affected area contacts us, we will go there and will take initiatives.”

Earlier on Sunday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged everyone not to panic over the infestation but to be aware of it.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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