On the management of the date palm and its arthropod enemies in the Arabian Peninsula.
A review is given based on observations made between 1976-85 in some Arabic Phoenix dactylifera groves on the interrelationships between palm grove management and arthropod pest damage. It was concluded that pests could be substantially reduced using methods other than conventional pesticides, such as antifeedants against adults of the scarabaeid Oryctes spp. and microbial pesticides against their larvae. A combination of sex pheromones and chemosterilants is suggested against adults of cosmopterigid Batrachedra amydraula and the pyralid Arenipses sabella, and the use of chemosterilants is recommended against the tetranychid Oligonychus spp.