Rapid assessment of the need for a detailed Pest Risk Analysis of Otiorhynchus meridionalis
This rapid assessment shows:
Likelihood of entry is: likely via ornamental shrubs from (southern) Europe. Likelihood of establishment is: likely both outdoors or in protected conditions such as polytunnels.
Rate of spread is expected to be: very quick via trade, leading to many satellite populations which would then slowly spread naturally.
Economic impact is expected to be: very small. Cosmetic damage may occur if populations build up in neglected (unmanaged) areas (as was the case in Germany). Environmental impact is expected to be: NIL
Endangered area: No significant economic impact is expected so no endangered area is identified. Risk management: The horticultural industry is likely to be able to control O. meridionalis just as well as it controls other root weevils i.e. using a mixture of biopesticides and conventional chemical treatments when necessary.
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- United Kingdom