The rove beetle, a small, poisonous insect, is plaguing the lives of many residents in apartments and dormitories around Ho Chi Minh City, with thousands of people being treated for wounds. Rove beetles do not bite people but cause a very painful chemical burn when their toxin comes into contact with the skin, according to Dr. Doan Binh Minh, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Malaria – Parasite – Insect Institute. Medical experts said rove beetles are present during rainy seasons and attracted to home lights as well as clothes, beds, sleeping mats, and blankets. The overuse of pesticides in agriculture and urbanization in such suburban areas as District 9, District 7, Hoc Mon District, and Cu Chi District have gradually shrunk the habitat of insects in general and rove beetles in particular, forcing them to invade residential quarters, according to Minh. Students staying in a condominium near the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc District have been worrying about the insect as they discovered many rove beetles in their rooms. Many of the students in the condo have sustained wounds caused by the poisonous insect. Wounds caused by rove beetle toxin. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre The number of… Read full this story
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