Palm Tree Beetle Conference

ALM Palm Tree bug OnLHave you got palms trees in your garden? Then this might be of interest to you, as it concerns the dreaded palm beetle!

The Almuñécar Town Hall is organizing a chat on the 21st of April concerning the disease caused by the Picudo Rojo and what steps are used to combat it.

The conference is entitled: Control integrado del picudo rojo de las palmeras, which needs no translating.

It will be a nice early start for you as the conference begins at 09.30h in the Casa de la Cultura.

The palm beetle (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) has spread right along the Mediterranean coast of Europe, as well as on the southern coast of the Med.

Their main ‘palm tree delicacy’ is the Phoenix Canariensis, but they are not adverse to munching on inferior palm trees.

The first cases detected were in 1993… precisely in Almuñécar – our town’s gift to the Med. Rumour has it that our ex-Mayor inadvertently brought them here in a shipload of baby palms from somewhere exotic when he began to populate the town with this kind of tree to give it a more ‘tropical’ touch. As I said, that is ‘a rumour.’

Right, getting back to the conference, if you would like to attend, you will have to put your name down beforehand. You can do this by sending a request to or by calling 950 580 548.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  1 comment for “Palm Tree Beetle Conference

  1. Patricio
    April 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Despite the seriousness of the subject, not many foreign residents with palm trees in their gardens will have participated in the conference. It would therefore be nice to read a summary of the recommendations in the Seaside Gazette.

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