Red Palm Weevil

RedPalmWeevilRed palm Weevil (RPW) or Asian palm Weevil or Indian palm Weevil, Rhynchophurus Ferrugineus is the most dangerous and deadly pest of palms, including coconut, date, royal and talipot. It also infests agave and sugarcane.




Symptoms and Infestation


  • Tunnels on the trunk and base of the leaf; oozing with a typical fermented odor from the tunnels.
  • Drooping / yellowing of leaves, trunk may break and the crown may topple and palm dies.






Red Palm Weevil is native to Southeast Asia and it can be found in:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
  • Africa: Algeria, Canary Islands, Egypt, Libya, Madagascar, Malta, Morocco.
  • Middle East: Bahrain, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates.
  • Europe: Baelearic Islands, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Sicily, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey.
  • Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands.
  • USA: California.
  • Caribbean: Aruba, Curacao.



Pheromone traps are very effective in the control of the Red Palm Weevil.


What Can We Do?

  • Do NOT bring into your country any palm material from infested countries.
  • When you travel declare all agricultural items.
  • If you see or suspect the presence of the RPW, report it immediately to your Ministry or Department of Agriculture.
  • If RPW is in your country follow all control recommendations from your Ministry or Department of Agriculture

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