First report of Xylosandrus crassiusculus in Spain
During the 22nd meeting of the Panel on Quarantine Pests for Forestry, the presence of Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Coleoptera: Scolytidae - EPPO Alert List) in Spain was reported for the first time. The insect has been detected in 6 carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua) located in a residential area of the municipality of Benifaió, province of Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana). As a preventive measure, and before the confirmation of the insect identity, it has been recommended to fell and debark the dead carob trees. Additional measures will be implemented such as: complete destruction of the affected trees, delimiting surveys in the surroundings of the infested site (possibly with kairomone traps).
The situation of Xylosandrus crassiusculus in Spain can be described as follows: Present, first found in the municipality of Benifaió on a small number of trees (6 Ceratonia siliqua), under official control.
Communication made during the EPPO Panel on Quarantine Pests for Forestry (Paris, 2017-03-20/22).