A CLEVER phone ‘app’ is enabling users to track the spread of the palm weevil.
‘PicudoPhone’, invented by three Spanish secondary school students, allows users to log infestations and upload photos onto Google Maps.
It is hoped the virtual map created by this free software will help town halls and other groups control the spread of the beetles, whose larvae kill palm trees by boring right through their trunks.
Originally from Asia, the weevils have wreaked havoc on the quintessentially Spanish palm tree and nobody is quite sure how to tackle the problem.
The new app is available for Android and iPhone and can be obtained by contacting El Campico school in Alicante where it was designed.