Small-diameter galleries found throughout palm roots, trunks, and leaves accompanied by fine granular frass are typical signs of termite damage (Figs. 1 and 2). Young and weak palms can be killed, while trunks of large specimens can become structurally unsound.
Banana moth (Opogona sacchari) also creates feeding galleries within the trunks and leaf bases of living palms.
"Live wood" termites occur throughout the world's humid tropics.