Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 57, Issue 3–4, pp 317–329 | Cite as

Chemical control of the red palm mite, Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) in banana and coconut

Article

Abstract

The red palm mite (RPM), Raoiella indica Hirst, is a predominant pest of coconuts, date palms and other palm species, as well as a major pest of bananas (Musa spp.) in different parts of the world. Recently, RPM dispersed throughout the Caribbean islands and has reached both the North and South American continents. The RPM introductions have caused severe damage to palm species, and bananas and plantains in the Caribbean region. The work presented herein is the result of several acaricide trials conducted in Puerto Rico and Florida on palms and bananas in order to provide chemical control alternatives to minimize the impact of this pest. Spiromesifen, dicofol and acequinocyl were effective in reducing the population of R. indica in coconut in Puerto Rico. Spray treatments with etoxanole, abamectin, pyridaben, milbemectin and sulfur showed mite control in Florida. In addition, the acaricides acequinocyl and spiromesifen were able to reduce the population of R. indica in banana trials.

Keywords

Chemical control Tenuipalpidae Coconut palm Banana Cocos nucifera Musa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Crops and AgroEnvironmental Sciences DepartmentUniversity of Puerto RicoSan JuanUSA
  2. 2.Center for Applied Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CATEC, CREST-NSF)San JuanUSA
  3. 3.Centro de Energia, Ambiente e Biodiversidade, Universidade do Estado do AmazonasRua Carvalho LealManausBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Entomology and Nematology, Tropical Research and Education CenterUniversity of FloridaHomesteadUSA

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