If your palm trees in Southwest Florida are slowly dying and you’re not sure what is causing the problem, the culprit might be a pest called the Palm Weevil (also known as the “Palmetto Weevil”.) Palm weevils are commonly found in:
- Cabbage Palms
- Saw Palmettos
- Canary Island Date Palms
- Royal Palms
- Coconut Palms
- Bismarck Palms
They can also be found in diseased palms as well as recently transplanted palms that are stressed. Fort Myers landscaping experts have been noticing the destruction that these pests cause a lot more frequently in recent years. So if you come to us and ask “Why are my palm trees dying?”, there’s a very good chance that we’ll find a palm weevil infestation.
Want to see these little guys in action? A local horticulture agent at the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension uncovered palm weevils and their grubs in this amazing video. Not for the squeamish!
As you can see from the video, you’ll want to look for a decline in young leaves while older leaves begin to drop and the crowns begin to collapse. A palm weevil will eat from the inside out and their entire life cycle is about 84 days.
Once you see any of these signs, call us immediately at (239) 772-2607 or connect with us on Facebook to help you get rid of the problem!