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

  • Jose Carlos Verle RodriguesEmail author
  • J. E. Peña


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.


Chemical control Tenuipalpidae Coconut palm Banana Cocos nucifera Musa 



Authors would like to acknowledge to Dr. Brian Irish (USDA-ARS TARS) and Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources for providing banana and coconut plants used in the experiment in Puerto Rico, and Aixa Ramirez, Shirley Cruz, Lesly Colon and Jose Marengo for their assistance during the experimental set up. To Dr. Joseph J. Doccola (Arbojet Inc., Woburn, MA, USA) for performing the tree injecting. This project was financially supported in part by a T-STAR-Z-46 grant, Z-200, and Z-201 (United States Department of Agriculture/APHIS 07-8372-0544-CA). Thanks to the anonymous reviewers, Dr. Raul T. Villanueva (Texas A&M), Dr. Brian Irish (USDA) and Dr. Carl C. Childers (University of Florida) for the critical review of the manuscript.


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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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