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 17-27, 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.
- Coconut palms were surveyed 12, 630 times during this reporting period out of 163,941 to date.
- Panel trap services were conducted 2,520 times and 18 additional panel traps were placed during this period totaling 2,750 panel traps placed to date.
- Barrel trap services were conducted 131 times during this reporting period on the 91 barrels placed to date.
- CRB larvae were detected 114 times on Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPH-HI) and no (0) CRB larvae were detected off JBPH-HI during this period.
- Outreach efforts at Neighborhood Board meetings and at other venues during this reporting period informed over 105 people out of 61,016 to date.
- Adult CRB were detected 80 times on JBPH-HI and 5 times off of JBPH-HI during this reporting period.
- CRB damaged palms were detected 29 times during this reporting period.
- Twelve (12) square mile grids were visually surveyed during this reporting period out of 270 to date.
- Eight (8) mulch sites were surveyed during this reporting period out of 300 to date.
- Only 1 of 83 pest reports during this reporting period was confirmed to be CRB.
- The CRB Response team participated in a Public Access Television Olelo video contest with elementary, middle, and high school students to produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs), stories etc. There are various agencies and organizations sponsoring this contest. On February 20, CRB Project Incident Commander (CRB-IC) Rob Curtiss was interviewed by students from Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao Public Charter School and on February 18, CRB-IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by students from Moanalua High School.
- CRB in the news during this reporting period:
- Click here for the KITV 4 News story “Coconut Rhino beetles may breed in mulch piles”
- CRB-IC Rob Curtiss was interviewed by Leilani Momoisea of Radio New Zealand International about the CRB eradication program, and our progress. Click here for the story.
- Beetle Fact: Other common names for Coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) are; coconut beetle, rhinoceros beetle, palm rhinoceros beetle, Asiatic rhinoceros beetle.