Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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2021-09-08T03:12:12.6116740Z
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Coconut termite (116)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds

Summary

  • Narrow distribution. Known only from the central Pacific. On coconuts, but also stilt roots of Pandanus. An important pest.
  • After the nuptial flight, the queen lays eggs, producing workers and a few solders. Once the colony is established, it begins hollowing out the centre of the palm; this makes it likely to snap off in the wind.
  • Characteristic grooves covered with frass and wood are made in the “bark” for reasons unknown.
  • Cultural control: dig out and burn palms as soon as net-like grooves are seen.
  • Chemical control: not appropriate for this pest; the chemicals might contaminate the fresh water lens.

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