The dubas bug is a sap sucking insect and pest of date palms. Nymphs and adults suck sap from fronds, leaves, and fruit clusters. In recent years, it has become an important pest of date palm plantation. A dubas bug presence results in the formation of honeydew as a byproduct of the sap being consumed, which then gives rise to the formation of sooty mold and a reduction in photosynthesis.
A heavy infestation can reduce crop yields by several percentages. Infested fruits are smaller and exhibit delayed ripening and low sugar content.
Monitoring: Closely inspect your fields (at least once a week) and look for the presence of honeydew and dubas bugs on fruits and foliage.
The following in an insecticide used in one or more parts of the world: Imidachloprid (10 cc – 350 gr\litre) per tree applied manually or via irrigation system.
Frequent spraying applications with mineral oil.