Fig. Adult Coconut Bug
This bug attacks tender buttons. Attacked buttons do not develop resulting in immature nut fall. Nuts, if developed may become barren.
- Pesticide application is necessary if the infection is severe. Spraying has to be done 3 times a year.
- Apply 0.1% Carbaryl or Roger on the inflorescence after the receptive phase of the female flowers. Spaying in the afternoon hours will avoid the destruction of pollinating insects.
- Tying perforated polybags (2 bags/palm) containing 2.5g Phorate on to the stalk of the inflorescence is also effective.