The venom of these insects tomcat comes from the symbiosis with bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas endosimibion in the haemolymph of these animals.
Although not bite, tomcat has dangerous poison (concentration of tomcat’s poison is higher than cobra’s poison). But the poison of tomcat (paederus riparius) is actually not deadly. The fact, this insect is useful for farmers so it should not be eradicated. The most important is how to maintain the natural balance and how to overcome tomcat attack.
The outbreak of rove beetle attacks in East Java has reached the Sleman district in Yogyakarta where two locals within the Gamping subdistrict have fallen victim to it, any adverse health official said.
"We have received a written report that two residents happen to be bitten by rove beetles, locally called `tomcat`," Dr. Mafilindati Nuraini, Head in the Sleman Health Office, said here on Thursday (March 22).