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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September 18 - October 1, 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))
- 43 adults detected (of 2,836 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Off Base:
- 6 adults detected (of 364 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
- Surveillance & Trapping
- Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
- 3,641 trap services conducted on 2,995 total traps during this reporting period.
- New panel traps installed in Waikele (11), at Fort DeRussy (7), on NOAA Ewa station (1) and in Makiki (1).
- Mulch site resurveys at Pearl City Peninsula detected 7 third-instar CRB larvae.
- Mulch sites surveyed/resurveyed at NOAA Ewa station, Ewa by Gentry, Waikele Country Club, Fort Weaver and Pearl Harbor Wildlife Refuge resulted negative for CRB.
- Pu`uloa Range (MCBH) “Dead Man’s Walk” returned negative for CRB, but determined multiple sites for additional surveys.
- Palm trimming inspections conducted at Iroquois Point (negative to date) and Navy-Marine Golf Course (2 adult CRB collected).
- Palm damage survey/resurvey conducted at Blaisdell Park and the Hawaii Kai housing association - negative for CRB.
- Mitigation & Outreach
- 46 members of the public interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- 28 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
- 10 businesses were interacted with in the field during this reporting period.
- Poster presented at the International Congress on Entomology in Orlando, FL.
- Presentations made at Palolo Elementary School (30 students) and to the HART night crew (20 employees) and conducted outreach at the Waikele Premium Outlets mall and a Peace Day event (200 attendees).
- Participated in meetings to discuss the CRB response and the Guam biotype (at ICE), met with staff in the Honolulu C&C Emergency Management Center, bi-weekly military updates at JBPH-H and bi-weekly CRB inter-agency meetings.
- Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
- Beetle Fact
- Survey: In Guam, flight activity peaks are correlated with the full moon (Moore, 2012).