This marks the first time the pest has been sighted in the United States, and it is not something to be taken lightly. According to LAist.com, the CDFA considers the insect to be "the world's worst pest of palm trees."
An infestation typically results in the death of the tree, according to the news release.
The weevil is native to Southeast Asia, and has spread as far as Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania. Until now, the only confirmed sightings close to the United States has been in Aruba and the Dutch Antilles last year.
State agricultural inspectors are deploying an initial 1,000 containers spiked with a chemical-soaked lure within a quarter mile or so around the intersection of Chiquita Street and Hillcrest Drive, said Jay Van Rein, a spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture, in Sacramento.
Van Rein is also concerned about the possibility that California's $30 million date crop in the Coachella Valley will be affected.
Since the initial discovery, about 400 more trees have been inspected, but there have been no additional sightings of the bug.
The CDFA is encouraging the public to help out and call the pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899 if they notice suspicious infestations around palm trees.
Published at 5:38 AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010 | Updated at 12:45 PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010