After pruning the fronds, the branches that remain on the palm tree have a high rate of humidity which encourages spreading of mould and bacteria that emit olfactory molecules with a typical smell that attracts the red snout-beetle. Palm trees are therefore particularly exposed to attack and settling of these beetles.
In natural conditions, it takes a palm tree several months to heal from pruning and dry out the humidity caused by mould and bacteria.
After cutting off the fronds, the ECOPALM microwave treatment is essential to eliminate this problem, sterilizing the trunk surface from mould, bacteria and rot in just a few minutes and encouraging healing.
This preventive treatment has a long-lasting effect, since it causes the bark to dry out quickly which is then difficult to penetrate and hence the beetles cannot attack and settle.
This method is particularly effective when the palm tree has been attacked by red snout-beetle in whatever stage the parasite has colonised the tree, be it larva, pupa, cocoon or full-grown beetle. At this stage it is difficult to totally eradicate the beetle using chemical methods.
In particular, when the pupa is in its cocoon (highly protective) preparing for metamorphosis or in the long period of time that the larvae remain in the tree, they are difficult to reach with common pesticide treatments and no treatment known today is totally effective.
The aim of the ECOPALM treatment is to eradicate the Rhynchophorus ferrugineus when its infestation is in progress in order to safeguard the tree.
The microwaves penetrate the various layers of the wood and where they strike eggs, cocoons with pupae and all other parasites, they are totally destroyed guaranteeing total disinfestation from any pest.
Use of the ECOPALM treatment method is indispensable in the advanced attack stage when the palm tree is no longer recoverable. The system is useful to disinfest the tree on the spot, eradicating the red snout-beetle in whatever stage of evolution it is.
After this treatment the palm tree is totally disinfested and can be disposed of in complete safety, no longer “infested” hazardous waste.
During the microwave treatment, there is a major localised effect on the bark of the palm tree where the cocoons with pupae in the metamorphosis stage are situated.
The energy of the microwaves totally eradicates them so that the pupae can no longer complete their evolution and become full-grown beetles.
No other known method allows achieving this result, which permanently interrupts the life cycle of the beetle.