BANGALORE/SIRSI: Insects are making life difficult for people in more than 30 villages of Siddapur taluk.
Raising the issue during zero hour in the Assembly, BJP member Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri said lakhs of insects have entered into houses and agricultural fields.
The insects, called 'udanga ountana', resembling house flies, were first sighted in forests and later moved to the villages, making life miserable for people, he said. Though experts from the Agriculture and Forest Departments visited the villages, they are clueless about helping people get rid of the menace, he added.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra promised that they would ask the director of Agriculture Sciences and other experts to visit the area.
Don’t Panic: Prof
In reserve forest area survey number 161 of Sampagod taluk in Siddapur taluk of Uttara Kannada, lakhs of flies belonging to a bug family were found on trees. Sirsi MLA Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri along with Prof Javare Gowda and Rupa Patil of Sirsi Forestry College visited the spot recently.
According to Prof Javare Gowda, due to variations in climate and soon after the monsoon ends, they stop reproduction and die immediately.
According to farmer Pandu Ganapa Naik of Taralimutt, in 1965 such a large army of flies were noticed in Kanenagudda reserve forest near Naikatta in Siddapur taluk. Later, they disappeared.
These brown coloured flies sit on the branches of the trees and eat leaves. These flies emanate a bad smell.