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The beetles and grubs are dying in the Coconut trees--but the iguanas are safe and new chicks are thriving!


 In the last couple of entries, we have illustrated how our resident Fire Chief has helped us clean up our Coco Palm trees, in order to save them from being killed by beetles and grubs.  These last few shots show the incredible amount of debris (deadwood) that had to be removed after the project finished up.


The good news is that both Roxanne and I have discovered beetles in a weakened condition on the ground.  They have eaten soft material in the tree and are dying of the poison treatment.  We promptly squash them.   This sounds brutal, until you see a magnificent 50 foot palm tree, with about 200 coconuts, die within about two weeks.

Here is a shot of a mortally wounded palm tree being felled, because there is no hope for it, and we need to get the beetles off the property...


  We took down five trees. 


    We had eight guys loading a huge truck twice, just to get rid of the slash, trash, and dead and dying trees...


This truck made two runs to the dump, taking the diseased parts far away from us...


 We had plenty of armchair quarterbacks tell us how to get up high in those coco palms and clean them up, but Antonio, our Fire Chief, was the only one who would go up those dangerous ladders, and do the job!  Here he is, posing on the way to his "other job"...

Posted on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 11:58PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

So sorry you had to take out those trees. But so happy that you have the beetle issue well under control! You have such a wonderful community there. Can you imagine trying to get that done in the US?

May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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