Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam 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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November 24 - December 5, 2014 Update
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 832-0585. Mahalo.
- During this reporting period; 26 adult CRB and 9 larvae were detected.
- 12/4/14 – One female adult beetle was detected at Kaka`ako Waterfront Park in a panel trap. This represents the first positive find in this trap. The find expands the buffer zone 1.5 square miles.
- 46 new survey panel traps were deployed, 2,925 panel trap services, and 142 barrel trap services were conducted.
- 2 Mulch sites & 11 palms were surveyed.
- 36 reports of suspected CRB were received. None (0) were determined to be CRB.
- Incident personnel reaffirmed regulatory decision table for the handling of green waste.
- Christy Martin, Public Information Officer, of the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS), presented CRB outreach to the Kamehameha Middle School science class. The main topic of discussion during the outreach was CRB damage, trapping information and taxonomy of the beetle.
- Acting Liaison Officer, Randy Bartlett, from the Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), presented CRB outreach at a Kailua Neighborhood Board meeting with approximately 45 people in attendance and to the Mānoa Neighborhood Board with approximately 30 people in attendance.
- Beetle Fact: CRB larvae can stand total immersion in fresh, brackish and/or salt water for at least 12 hours and CRB adults have been known to survive total immersion for up to 50 days. (pers comm – Roland Quitugua, University of Guam)