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Nov 24th, 2013 at 6:14pm
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Monday 25th at 19:00 at Sol D'Ebre.
Should be of interest to anyone who is concerned about this terrible pest that is sweeping through the area.
I have "some" knowledge of the subject if anyone is interested.
  

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Re: Presentation (Red Palm Weevil)
Reply #1 - Nov 24th, 2013 at 6:57pm
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Yes please, we've already lost 1 palm tree and have 2 more badly infected. We were told the only way to control this pest was to inject the tree with a pesticide every year at around 100 euros per tree per year.
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 24th, 2013 at 8:04pm
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My friend has just had a palm tree treated, by Cerca Sebastia, SL. Tel 610285308  www.sospalm.com
  
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Re: Presentation (Red Palm Weevil)
Reply #3 - Nov 24th, 2013 at 10:35pm
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Nigel.  I'm afraid that if your other two trees are already visibly affected then it's more than likely too late.
You can not only treat the trees yourself if they are saveable but also apply preventative treatment.
An aside to Rita, I think it's Sospalm who will be doing the presentation.
When I first realised that the infestation was moving up the coast towards us last year, I contacted Sospalm and purchased the necessary components.  The guy offered to deliver them to me when he was passing and whilst here, closely examined the big shade tree next to the house and said he didn't think it was infected but that I should apply the treatment anyway.  I had a rough winter healthwise and didn't get around to treating the tree until a few months ago.  It was too late and it's now dead.  I have a group of four about 100m from the house which I'm now treating in the hope that I've caught them in time.  We drove from Santa Barbara to Tortosa yesterday and were horrified to notice how many trees have succumbed in the last few months.  It's a crying shame but too late now to save them.
For more information, Google "Red Palm Weevil" and in particular Sospalm.  Preventative (and in some cases curative) treatment can be applied at not too high a cost.  The only possible difficulty is applying foliar spray if your tree/s is/are very tall.  The other part of the treatment involves injecting the trunk and or mixing the chemical with irrigation water.  Sospalm will sell you the components and Sol D'Ebre sell the chemical (Confidor) that is used for both methods of application.  If anyone has any further questions or would like advice, please fire away.
  

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Reply #4 - Nov 25th, 2013 at 10:54am
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Do not know much about this .can you tell me which palms are affected .
  
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Reply #5 - Nov 25th, 2013 at 11:05am
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Only Canary Date Palms as far as I know (which is the majority of what are around this area).
  

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Re: Presentation (Red Palm Weevil)
Reply #6 - Nov 25th, 2013 at 3:03pm
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Some info:-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhynchophorus_ferrugineus
http://www.palms.org/palmsjournal/2002/redweevil.htm
http://www.sospalm.com/index.php/en/
If Googling the subject, be careful if you land on the site that is in Arabic and English.  It has a virus.
  

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Reply #7 - Nov 28th, 2013 at 12:36am
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This is a huge problem in the Alicante area, where I now live..(The Home of palm growers). Failing to cut down and disposing of a badly infected tree here carries a fine of 500 euros. We have hundred of empty fields where they have been culled. Such a shame. Sorry to hear it has spread to the delta. Angry
  
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Reply #8 - Nov 28th, 2013 at 1:02am
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Apparently the Catalunya Generallitat knew about it in 2005 but have done a poor job of disseminating the information by the looks of it.
  

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