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What kills palm trees in Greece? Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)

Red Palm Weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)

All this time I’ve been hearing about the disease in the palm trees in Greece. About the problems caused by the red palm weevil. It was time for it, to knock and on our door. The only palm tree we have on the property is in trouble by this insect.

Palm tree’s leaves are starting to droop downward (they look like an umbrella).

The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) on the palm tree
The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) on the palm tree

When you get close to the palm tree, you can hear the palm tree “boiling”. It makes a noise like the boiling must. Immediately you know that this is not normal.

In a desperate attempt, I sprayed the palm with Decis 25 EC. The next day, I discovered an insect on the palm tree that was visibly paralyzed, but not dead. After a brief search, I realized I was looking at the famous red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) that eats palm trees.

The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) that eats palm trees
The red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) that eats palm trees

I immediately searched the Internet for information. The most important links I found are the following:

CONTROL OF RED PALM WEEVIL, RHYNCHOPHORUS FERRUGINEUS OLIVER USING PROPHYLACTIC SPRAYING OF DATE PALMS AND TRUNK INJECTION (PDF)

As Decis did NOT work, I do NOT plan to use it again.

Attention!
This article is not a recommendation to treat palm disease in this way, nor does it suggest that this is the right way. I am simply stating my personal experience and way of dealing with it, which may or may not be correct. I recommend that you contact your agronomist for information.

Tags: PALM TREERED PALM WEEVILRHYNCHOPHORUS FERRUGINEUS

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