Research Shows Invasive Insect is Heading to San Diego County
Speak for the Trees
It is no secret that San Diegans are quite partial to the palm tree. It lines beaches, sidewalks, and residences throughout the county. This is why it can be concerning to know that they’re under threat. According to studies by UC Riverside Director of Center for Invasive Species Research Mark Hoddle, the South American palm weevil has been making its way up the coast and San Diego palm trees have not been immune to its destruction.
The fast-moving insect was first discovered in San Ysidro last year, and based on many trappings, researchers are noticing it making its way throughout Southern California. The invasive species, native to Mexico and Central and South America, infests the crown of palm trees – both native and imported – and causes significant damage that results in the crown of the palm dying. This leads to the inability to produce new fronds, causing death to the tree entirely.
The weevil is known to have expensive taste, feeding on some of the most expensive ornamental palms used in landscapes. A fully grown Canary Island date palm, for example, can be worth as much as a new car. Therefore, property owners are encouraged by pest control experts to safeguard their investments and protect their trees. In addition to Canary Island date palms, the South American palm weevil is known to attack coconut palms, date palms, and the king sago palm.
For more information on how to effectively prevent the weevil’s destruction to residential and commercial properties, see Corky Pest Control’s ad on the back page of Del Sol Magazine.