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Pacific Pests, Pathogens, Weeds & Pesticides

Banana weevil (109)

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  • Worldwide distribution. On banana and Musa species. Grubs burrow into the corms causing rots, small bunches, and weak plants that are easily blown over. Symptoms are like “toppling” which is caused by nematodes.
  • Estimate population with 10 cm thick stem discs, 20 per ha; treat if  >4 weevils per disc at 5 days.
  • Cultural control: plant only weevil-free suckers (slice corms to check for grubs/tunnels); leave land fallow for >3 months before replanting; hot water against nematode (53°C for 20 mins.) will kill grubs; if plants fall, cut the stem so it dries rapidly.
  • Chemical control: chlorpyrifos, fipronil, bifenthrin, imidacloprid. Pheromone available for mass capture.
Common Name

Banana weevil, banana weevil borer, banana root borer

Scientific Name

Cosmopolites sordidus

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Waterhouse DF, Norris KR (1987) Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar). Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press; and CABI (2020) Cosmopolites sordidus (banana weevil). Crop Protection Compendium. (; and from Woodruff RE (2018) Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar). Featured Creatures, Entomology & Nematology. UF/IFAS, University of Florida. ( Photo 1 Gerald McCormack, Cook Islands Biodiversity & Natural Heritage. (

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