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.
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August 21-September 3, 2016
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.
- On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
- 24 adults detected (of 2,765 adults detected since 12/23/2013) including a single adult detection at Ft. DeRussey.
- Off Base:
- 5 adults detected (of 357 adults detected since 12/23/2013) including a single adult detection in Waianae.
- Surveillance & Trapping
- Trace forwards/backwards launched to determine outlying detections at Ft. DeRussey and Waianae. All evidence supports these detections are not natural expansion of the beetle and in fact are one time occurrences.
- Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
- 3,645 trap services conducted on 3,122 total traps during this reporting period.
- 7 additional traps installed at Pearl City Peninsula.
- 4 new traps installed in Waikiki (Ft. DeRussy).
- 4 new traps installed in Waianae.
- 3 new traps installed in Waipahu (Hawaii’s Plantation Village Heritage Site).
- Mulch site resurveys on Pearl City Peninsula detected 52 third instar stage larvae. Survey frequency to increase immediately.
- Mulch site surveys at Waipio Peninsula, Waianae, Barber’s Point Golf Course surveyed negative for CRB.
- Palm damage surveys at Kapolei and Waikiki detected no palms with new damage.
- Palm trimming inspections conducted at Pu`uloa Rifle Range (MCBH) - negative for CRB.
- Mitigation & Outreach
- 35 members of the public interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- 22 businesses were interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- 19 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
- Presentations to Foster Botanical Gardens staff (8), IMUA Landscaping staff (15) and Kahuku Intermediate & High School students (120).
- Participated in bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H, weekly CRB inter-agency meetings, quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) and HDOA Plant Quarantine Branch open house week.
- Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact
- Survey: This species is found year round in its current distribution.