How to identify the coconut mite attack and mitigate them properly


Coconut MiteWhen we consider about the infection for coconut tree, the coconut mite is one of the serious problems for any coconut harvest. The scientific name of the coconut mite is Aceria guerreronis and this mite attached the fruit of the coconut palm which leads premature fruit drop. Coconut mite infection is one of the serious problems for coconut plantation.

When the infestation of the palm in the area, it is really essential to cut all branches which infested coconut mite and burn them in order to get reduce the spread. After the cut of the branches, it’s good to apply a sculpture mixture or vegetable oil to prevent the harm for the tree. The coconut mite unable to see naked eye they live in a group and spread very quickly for other trees.

How to Identify the Coconut Mite attack your coconut tree.

The detection of the coconut fruit can identify on the pale triangular white color patch. When the mite generation becomes larger they absorb the essentials of the coconut fruit and these white patches later become large and get a brownish color.

As the infested coconut due to the large portion of the surface of the coconut fruit.Some of the major detection which can observe of the mite detection is as follows.

  • The coconut fruit fall in premature stage
  • The outer part of the coconut gets harder and the kind of glue fall on the outer part of the coconut fruit.
  • The size of coconut fruit become smaller

Due to the mite infection, the coconut fruit becomes commercially invaluable and so it is required prevent the harm for Aceria guerreronis to have the better coconut harvest.

How to mitigate the effect of coconut Mite:

There are several steps which we can use to properly mitigate the harm of coconut mite for your crops. To naturally prevent the effect of coconut mite we can apply one of following methods to coconut tree

Apply Sulpher, Coconut Oil or Vegetable oil to Coconut tree:

It is essential to create a proper mixture and should spray by using sprayers. When the coconut tree is too higher you can use wood or bamboo stick to apply the mixture to coconut fruit. Apply above mixture is beneficial because it does not generate any environmental impact to the surrounding.

Apply above mixture is beneficial because it does not generate any environmental impact to the surrounding.

Palm/Vegetable oil and Sulphur mixture

It is good to have the following on one liter which able to prevent the harm of this mite.

  • Palm oil-200 ml (1 cup)
  • Water-800 ml (4 cups)
  • Soap powder-12 g (2 tablespoons)
  • Wettable Sulphur 80%-5 g (1 tablespoon)

Source: http://www.cri.gov.lk/

It is really good to apply the mixture for your coconut tree once for six months. The appearance of coconut mite is lesser on rainy season and its getting higher was in the dry season.

So apply the mixture beginning of the dry season provides good results. It also needs to remember to first apply the mixture for the most mite impacted coconut trees.

So apply the mixture beginning of the dry season provides good results. It also needs to remember to first apply the mixture for the most mite impacted coconut trees.

Hope that form this article you have to get some idea about what is coconut mite, how they affect on a coconut tree and what are the preventive measures which we can take to avoid the harm from this mite.

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