Said insects have already infested Barangays Kulong-kulong and Laurel in Tagkawayan, Quezon, which may serve as its entry points into the province.
To avert the possible infestation, the provincial office has established a defense line between Barangays Tabugon and Dona Aurora up to Patag Ilaya in Sta. Elena, this province.
Said defense line will be free of areas on which the insects may thrive. In case the insects are able to penetrate this line, however, it will be easy for the PCA to detect if the coconut trees will be affected.
Acting Senior Agriculturist Arturo Banta also revealed that heavy duty sprayers and other forms of protection are already on hand in case the pests attack.