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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February 2-13, 2015 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, panel traps were serviced 2,999 times, and barrel traps were serviced 138 times.
- Outreach activities during this two week period reached 103 people.
- In the past two weeks, 55 adult beetles were detected in traps and mulch surveys.
- Fourteen dead or damaged palms were removed during this reporting period, but no CRB were found in them.
- An insecticide and silica sand application trial to damaged crowns of coconut trees at Māmala Bay Golf Course was initiated on 01/21/15. The tested insecticide was found effective in laboratory trials. The sand application was based on reports in the Philippines and India that sand affects adult CRB ability to bore thru petioles. CRB research is supported by a USDA, Farm Bill grant with collaboration from UH, HDOA, and JBPHH facility personnel.
- The Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) presented numerous outreach classes during the last year. Topics of discussion were CRB biology, damage and trapping.
- Beetle Fact: Beetles, as a group are remarkably adept at adapting to ecological changes, and have survived multiple mass extinctions in the past 230 million years since they first appeared in the fossil record.