The adult beetle, a major threat, causes a significant yield loss of 10 to 15%. Identification of damage includes characteristic ‘V’ or diamond-shaped cuttings on leaves, a series of holes on fronds, and death of the growing point in young plantations. The infestation is evident by chewed fibrous material near bore holes. To counter this menace, a proactive approach involves deploying Rhino Lure Pheromone Traps at a density of 2 traps per hectare. Each trap, equipped with a dispenser emitting alluring pheromones, attracts beetles. Red Medicine-filled traps target red palm weevil, while Black Medicine-filled traps target Oryctes rhinoceros.
- Proactive use of Rhino Lure Pheromone Traps helps mitigate the destructive impact of adult beetles, reducing yield loss.
- The traps aid in early detection of infestations by capturing beetles attracted to the emitted pheromones.