EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 06 - 2003 Num. article: 2003/088

Present situation of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Israel

In Israel, surveillance and control of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae – EPPO Alert List) started in spring 1999, in the south of the Jordan Valley (see EPPO RS 99/119). The area of infestation was delimited and the following phytosanitary measures were taken:
  1. R. ferrugineus was declared a quarantine pest, and the infested area was delimited on the basis on adult catches with aggregation pheromone traps (it included 600 ha of date palm plantations).
  2. Mass trapping was organized (at first 10-12 traps/ha, then decreased in 2000 to 1 trap/0.7 ha in infested areas and to 1 trap/3 ha in non-infested areas).
  3. Chemical treatments of infested trees.
  4. Destruction of heavily infested trees.
  5. Preventive measures to avoid infestations (drip irrigation to maintain trunk dry, removal of offshoots, preventive sprays on trunks).
  6. Regular inspections.
After 4 years of surveillance and control, the number of catches was reduced from 324 in 2000 to 26 in 2002, and no new infested tree was found in 2002.


Hamburger, M.; Bitton, S.; Nakache, J. (2003) Control of red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a quarantine pest in Israel.
Abstract of a paper presented at the 20th Conference of the Entomological Society of Israel (Bet Dagan, IL, 2003-02-11/12).
Phytoparasitica, 31(3), 299-300.