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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October 13-24, 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 54 adult CRB were trapped and 265 larvae were collected. Delimiting survey barrel traps were serviced 136 times and panel traps were serviced 1,739 times with 45 new panel traps deployed. Additionally; 3 mulch sites were surveyed and 1 damaged palm was detected.
- Acting Liaison Officer, Randy Bartlett, gave presentations to the Air Cargo Association of Hawaii (ACAH Air Cargo Day conference at the Japanese Cultural Center), the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board #3, and a representative of Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard.
- On October 16, one male beetle was detected in a panel trap in the Diamond Head area, and on October 20, one female beetle was detected in a panel trap in the Mililani area. These are the first positive finds in these traps, and they are outside of the buffer zone and create distinct buffer zones which are separate from the existing area.
- Pesticide testing has been ongoing in this reporting period, unfortunately results have been mixed, and no effective pesticides have yet been identified.
- Beetle Fact: Since 2007, CRB has damaged or destroyed 50% of the coconut palms on Guam.