Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) on coconut trees. A joint effort between USDA, UH at Manoa, U.S. Navy, HDOA and other partners has mobilized and an Incident Command System (ICS) has been established to respond to this pest emergency.
Contact Randy Bartlett, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update, by emailing Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov, or by calling 808-832-0585
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August 30 – September 12, 2015
- On Base (All DOD property on O`ahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-HI))
- 62 adults/0 larvae detected of 2117 adults/1994 larvae total detected since 12/23/2013.
- Off Base:
- 22 adults/0 larvae detected of 189 adults total detected since 12/23/2013.
- 6 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed in the Ewa Beach – Iroquois Point area.
- 2 new delimiting survey panel traps were placed in the Salt Lake area.
- 3 compost/mulch/green waste sites were inspected for CRB presence in the Nanakuli-Waianae area.
- 8 compost/mulch/green waste sites were inspected for CRB presence in the Ewa Beach area.
- Newly damaged palms were tagged at 2 sites in the Nanakuli-Waianae district.
- 5 damaged palms were removed from JBPH-HI. 1 adult beetle was found in 1 palm only.
- The air curtain burner (ACB) units at JBPH-HI were made operational after bad weather forced them to shut down.
- Research is currently underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact
- Damage: Adults bite through the tightly packed unopened leaves in the central bud. The leaf midribs are most often injured (Lever, 1979).
This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the project command post at (808) 832-0585. Mahalo.